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Right Arrow Mighty mops help Trust keep Superbugs at bay
13 July 2007 at 08:45
The introduction of new microfibre mops and wipes is helping Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust stay ahead in the battle against hospital superbugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Following extensive trials at both Ormskirk and Southport hospitals, we have introduced over 50 Vileda SWEP microfibre systems at both Trust hospitals, including mops, wipes and trolleys.

“We were offered funds by the Department of Health to invest in proven effective ways of reducing infection risk,” says Lynne Shaw, Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust’s Facilities Manager. “Following the trials our domestic teams were asked whether they thought the Vileda system a) cleaned better and b) was easier to use. In both cases they reported that it did a better job and was more efficient. The Hotel Services team also consulted the Trust’s Infection Control Team who came out in total support of the move to microfibres.”

So how do microfibres differ from conventional fibres? Well the starting point is that microfibres are minute, very fine fibres when compared to those of a conventional cloth. As such, they offer much higher cleaning performance. They can also be spilt even further to create the finest available microfibre variants, with a thickness of approximately 1/100th of that of a human hair.

The ultra fine microfibres in the mop head and cloth wipe and clean at a microscopic level, penetrating surfaces at a finer level than normal fibres. When used damp they work by capillary action to scrape, remove and absorb dirt from surfaces, leaving nothing behind but tiny water droplets. This improves cleanliness and reduces the risk of cross-contamination. It’s also a one-step cleaning method and removes the need for a second buffing or drying.

So what do the end-users think of SWEP? Lynn Shortall and Karen O’Shea, two domestics from the Trust are very impressed. “We weren’t certain at first,” they said, “but once we got used to it we think the system is marvellous. It makes everything cleaner. The floors have a new shine to them and the cloths are really good on dust – not that we let it build up of course!”

Facilities Manager Lynne Shaw adds, “Using SWEP means that the traditional mop and bucket is a thing of the past for domestic staff at Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust. It’s having other benefits too. Our domestics will no longer have to carry around heavy buckets of water or wring out heavy, water sodden mops, which is easier on their backs. And of course it’s saving time too. Time we can invest in even more thorough cleaning to ensure that we keep the risk from hospital superbugs to a minimum.”

Notes to Editors

Pictures show Karen O’Shea (left) and Lynn Shortall domestics using the new system; the new trolleys when they arrived waiting to be used by the domestics.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714