The use of plastic products being cleaned, refurbished and re-used is a current practice in Healthcare facilities.
Superficially, this looks like a cost saving measure, however closer inspection reveals incidental expenses associated with this practice such as direct labour for cleaning and sterilising, expense of cleaning agents, sterilisation and monitor equipment.
Beyond the financial considerations, there is a serious infection control hazard to flag such as cross-patient infection, compromised integrity of the product.
This is what microbiologists found in a clean bowl1
Reference 1: Measurement of microbial contamination of plastic hospital washing bowls, (PA Lambert DSc, Professor of Microbiology Aston University, October 2006).
Vernacare System manufactures single-use, biodegradable pulp products. Vernacare medical pulp is made using recycled over issued news print, and all products are designed specifically to be used once and then disposed of.
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