New hospital furniture to stop spread of bugs

24 November 2011

New furniture that helps to reduce the spread of infections in hospitals have been trialled in eight NHS facilities across the country and will be rolled out to other healthcare providers.

As part of the Design Bugs Out project from the Department of Health and the Design Council, designers of beds and chairs have come up with easy-to-clean technologies that will control and inhibit the spread of bugs and diseases.

The furniture will be easier and faster to clean and is also functional, visually striking and affordable.

UK health minister Simon Burns said: "Cleanliness is vital in preventing healthcare associated infections. The NHS has already made significant reductions of MRSA bloodstream infections and C difficile, but there is still room for further progress."

He added that the new initiative will go towards improving patient health and the workload of nurses and will also save money in the long term.

The designs include an over bed table, commode, bedside cabinet and chair.

A report from the Department of Health showed that the new pieces of furniture are intended to assist the NHS in making informed decisions about purchasing.

Posted by Philip Briggs


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