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New bedside furniture designs to reduce hospital acquired infections?

Friday 18th November 2011
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Four new bedside furniture designs to reduce hospital infections are available today for the NHS to buy.

The furniture received praise from patients and staff, and was tested for user-friendliness by ward staff, patients and visitors.

A patient chair, bedside cabinet, over-bed table and commode make up the new bedside furniture set.

The vast majority of patients and staff gave positive feedback on the patient chair, with 91 per cent finding it clean, comfortable, safe and supportive.

Furthermore, 77 per cent of those surveyed said the new cabinet was sturdy, durable and aesthetically pleasing.

The over-bed table also attracted widespread praise, with 91 per cent being in favour of the new design.

Meanwhile, 90 per cent of respondents reported that the commode looked good and they liked it.

Health minister Simon Burns said: "These four innovative and user friendly furniture designs - now available for hospitals to buy – provide additional ways to help to reduce and eliminate healthcare acquired infections.

"They will make it easier for staff to keep wards cleaner and help combat the spread of infections. This means keeping patients healthier, as well as saving the NHS money in the long term."

The furniture was designed by Design Bugs Out - a partnership between the Department of Health and the Design Council.

It brought together clinical specialists, patients and frontline hospital staff with designers and manufacturers with the aim of producing furniture designs that are easier and quicker to clean, while being functional and comfortable at a competitive price.

In other news, the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units cut the amount of bacteria by 97 per cent, according to a study presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Taking such a measure also cut the hospital acquired infection rate by 41 per cent.

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