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Planned Service & Maintenance

Prevention is better than cure: keep well-maintained sluice and dirty utility room machinery at the heart of your infection control procedure. When running your healthcare facility, you know better than to leave infection control to chance. Your nursing staff are scrupulous in their approach to hygiene standards, with the best possible equipment provided to assist […]

How does a Hospital Macerator Work

Macerators provide an unparalleled level of safe human waste disposal in healthcare settings. Minimising the handling of waste while simultaneously maximising its safe removal from your facility, a pulp macerator is key to hygienic sluice/dirty utility room operation. When caring for patients and service users, the management of human waste disposal is a necessity. Implementing […]

Why Hand Hygiene is Important for Infection Control

On each square centimetre of your skin, there are around 1,500 bacteria. Are you surprised? One of the most basic hygiene practices in day-to-day life is to wash your hands; but all too often, it’s neglected. A recent survey showed that up to 60% of commuters have faecal bacteria on their fingers, with those travelling […]

Why & How would you use a Bedpan Washer Disinfector

Infection control in hospitals, care facilities, hospices and special needs schools is a pressing concern for caregivers and facility management alike. E. coli infections contributed to over 5,500 deaths in 2016. It’s a frightening number. However, statistics also show that infection management is continuously improving, with MRSA and C. difficile cases reducing by 57% and […]

FAQ’s – Bedpan Washer Disinfector Maintenance

We like questions – they help us understand our clients better, challenge us to improve our services, and serve as a sense check for everything we do. So we decided to collate some of our most frequently asked questions around washer disinfector maintenance and PPM contracts. If your question isn’t answered here, please don’t hesitate […]

What Can I Dispose of in a Pulp Macerator?

If you work in a hospital, care home or special school you’ll know how important your method of human waste disposal is to your infection control strategy. That’s why it’s so vital to keep your waste disposal equipment in good working order and avoid breakdowns to prevent the possibility of an infection outbreak in your […]

10 Golden Rules on How to Keep Your Bedpan Washer in Good Working Order

Whether you work in a hospital, care or nursing home, hospice, or a special school, if you have a bedpan washer, your staff need to know how to use it – and use it correctly. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that not everyone is trained to the same standards. This is when problems can arise […]

What are the Alternatives to Bedpan Washers?

Choosing your facility’s method of human waste disposal is a major task. You need to be sure that the method you choose will prevent the spread of infection in your facility, as well as meet the standards expected by your country’s health service. There are a multitude of factors to take into consideration: organizational, environmental, […]

What are the Benefits of a Hands-free Bedpan Washer Disinfector?

We’ve already discussed the multitude of reasons why you should not wash bedpans by hand and instead use an automated bedpan disinfector. Washer disinfectors are a quantum leap forwards in terms of their effectiveness in fully disinfecting reusable plastic or metal bedpans: They heat the internal chamber to 80°C – the temperature required to kill […]

Care Home Sluice Room Best Practice Guidelines

Care and nursing homes are, by their very nature, hotbeds for the potential spread of infection. Risks are increased due to the sharing of dining rooms and living accommodation, and the fact that residents are generally more susceptible to infection. Age, underlying medical conditions, lower immunity and the use of devices like catheters and feeding […]

How to Wash Bedpans with a Washer Disinfector

If you’re reading this blog you might be new to using an automated bedpan washer disinfector – perhaps you’ve just had one installed in your hospital sluice/dirty utility/pan room or in your care home. Or maybe you just need a bit of a refresher on how to use your machine correctly to ensure that your […]

Why You Need to Stop Washing Bedpans by Hand

Cleaning bedpans and similar waste disposal utensils is a part of everyday life for those working in hospital, care home and other healthcare settings. Whilst most hospitals and care facilities have been using mechanised bedpan washers for decades, there are still many which wash bedpans by hand. Despite industry wide awareness and the abundance of […]

How Limescale Impacts on Infection Control

Bedpan washers are a tried and tested infection control solution. Specially designed to disinfect reusable bedpans and utensils, they protect clinicians and patients by eliminating the need to wash by hand. Aside from being exceedingly unpleasant for the clinician, washing bedpans by hand only removes the visible – the infectious material – leaving behind the […]

How Pulp Products Protect your Staff

If you work in an environment such as a hospital or care home where your infection control solution is paramount for the safety of your patients, you will be aware of the many steps required to prevent the spread of infection in your facility. Whilst patient safety is always at the centre of your infection […]

Why a Cough is an Infection Control Risk

Diseases have always had the capacity to stagger medical science with their capacity to infect, multiply and spread. Smallpox – before its eradication in 1979 – was one of the most feared diseases in the world due to both its rate of infection and 30% mortality rate. Because it was an airborne virus it had […]

Are you managing your assets?

  Regardless of your setting, managing your sluice/dirty utility room is a vital part of keeping your hospital, care home or school running smoothly and free of infectious diseases. Of course all good infection control starts with an infection control strategy. But assuming you have that established, what about keeping your sluice/dirty utility room running […]

Training at Royal Worcester Hospital

Robert Scott, our National Sales Manager has been working closely with the Infection Control team at the Royal Worcester Hospital delivering training and seminars on best practice in the sluice room.  He has been  instructing and advising the Infection Control Link Nurses on daily and weekly HTM procedures which is integral to the service offering we supply […]

Are Pulp Macerators Wasteful?

The importance of safeguarding patients and clinicians from infection is paramount to a safe and successful healthcare environment. So choosing a human waste disposal method for your care setting should be an easy choice – the fastest, most effective method available. Nothing else should come into consideration. But invariably, it does. What else should I […]

Frequently Asked Questions

We like questions. Questions help us understand our clients better, challenge us to improve and serve as a sense check for all we do – how does X feature benefit clinicians, for example. As we get to know new clients, questions inevitably crop up in discussions – as one would expect – about particular features, […]

What you Should Expect from Infection Control Solutions

‘Life finds a way’. This line, immortalised by Jeff Goldblum in the 1993 action adventure Jurassic Park, elegantly sums up the fight against infection and disease. The growing tide of antibiotic resistant super bugs is proof that – given enough time and the right conditions – a living organism regardless of size can adapt, overcome […]

Bedpan Washers vs Pulp Macerators

The only real difference is that the maceration cycle is shorter than a bedpan washer disinfection cycle, but only by a few minutes. Because of the way bedpan washers and pulp macerators work you may find that bedpan washers, by design, are slightly more versatile in terms of where you can install them. The majority […]

Adison Equipment Sign as Official Distributors

We are delighted to announce the signing of our official distributor agreement with our partners in India, Adison Equipment.  Martin Priest, Chairman of DDC Dolphin and Suresh Choudhary , owner of Adison Equipment signed the official documents while attending Arab Health in Dubai this week. Based in New Delhi, Adison Equipment are dedicated to helping the […]

Supporting our Employees and the British Heart Foundation

During 2017 DDC Dolphin were keen to support a number of charitable activities through our internal teams and we will continue to help throughout 2018 where we can. Zoe Holiday, our Marketing Director has signed up to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation by cycling 427km from Vietnam to Cambodia in October 2018. This […]

Pulp Macerators – What to Consider

As a means of infection control pulp macerators are – relatively speaking – the new kid on the block. Before bedpan washer disinfectors, bedpans were washed by hand and – in fact – in some parts of the world still are. The unpleasantness aside, washing bedpans by hand posed (and poses) a major risk to […]

What is HTM 2030 and Why is it Important

It will come as little surprise that no matter what industry you’re in there are accreditations, certifications and qualifications required to operate, deliver a service or sell a product. Especially if that product or service can have a direct impact on people. The infection control industry is no different; our solutions being held to a […]

Unseen Benefits of Maceration

  There are many unseen benefits of maceration, view our infographic to see how using maceration and single use pulp products can save time and money and safeguard patients and protect staff. To find out more about the benefits of maceration contact us today      

Top Loading Bedpan Washer Disinfectors – What to Consider

Bedpan washer disinfectors are a tried and tested infection control solution that remains a firm favourite in care homes and certain medical facilities around the world. Although alternatives exist in the form of front loading bedpan washer disinfectors and pulp macerators, the top loading bedpan washer disinfector still represents an effective infection control solution. However, […]

Washers and Macerators are Clean

We talk about cleanliness a lot. No matter what setting you operate in, good hygiene and disinfection practices keep your clinicians and your patients or residents safe from infectious disease all underpinned by a robust sluice/dirty utility room solution. Whether your facility uses bedpan washers or pulp macerators, as long as you have people to […]

Keeping Hygiene Front of Mind

Hygiene is drummed into us from a young age. It usually starts with the more unsavoury lessons – like don’t pick your nose – and gradually migrates to the importance of showers, deodorant and good sexual health. It’s only when some of us dedicate themselves to caring for others do we fully appreciate how important […]

Microbial Migration in a Clinical Setting

If someone is admitted to hospital with an infectious disease there is always a risk that  disease can spread. MRSA and viruses like it can, if left unchecked, infect entire hospital wards at an alarming rate leaving those recovering from other conditions or operations weak and vulnerable. Because hospitals can’t ever be closed environments, controlling […]

Dual Machines

Infection control solutions are a vital component in any facilities efforts to keep patients or residents safe against a harmful outbreak of disease. A properly equipped, well designed sluice/dirty utility room provides a nexus against the spread of infection – especially when a robust infection control policy is written around it. Where sluice/dirty utility rooms […]

Consideration of Equipment for a New Build

Whether you’re building a care home or a hospital, getting your sluice/dirty utility/pan room right is crucial. Not just from a layout point of view but where it sits within the building too. Position it in the wrong place and have too few in your facility and you’re forcing clinicians or carers to walk too […]

Is your Washer Disinfector Infectious?

A sluice/dirty utility/pan room is designed to do one thing – protect you and your fellow clinicians from contracting an infectious disease. It does it in a number of ways but that is its overarching purpose. It achieves this – initially – through its design. Correctly designed sluice/dirty utility/pan rooms have a natural flow to […]

How Good Design can Eliminate Inefficiency

Productivity is everything in the medical and care industries. Clinicians and care workers have high demands but are time poor. Every second counts, especially when it comes to maintaining the health and wellbeing of the elderly and those recovering from an operation or illness. Wasted time through poor process, lack of process or the inadequate […]

World Antibiotics Awareness Week

Last week marked World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Antibiotic resistance, according to the World Health Organisation, is one of the biggest threats to global health and represents the most urgent drug resistant trends. It can compromise the treatment of infectious diseases and it has stalled progress in new treatments and medical breakthroughs. Although antibiotic resistance occurs […]

C. Diff Awareness Month

November marks International C. Diff Awareness month. C. Diff (or Clostridium Difficile), for the unaware, is a particularly aggressive bacterium that can infect the bowel and cause diarrhoea. It’s also everywhere, more or less all the time. Clostridium Difficile is found in the air, water, soil and often in our intestines and therefore in human […]

Keeping Drains Clean and Blockage Free

Adequate drainage and sanitation is one of the cornerstones on which a developed society is built. The ability to quickly and safely remove waste water is vital to not only to human health but the environment as well. It takes a surprisingly small amount of infectious material to contaminate water sources and eco systems and […]

Sluice Rooms Aren’t Dirty

Sluice/Dirty Utility Rooms are an integral part of any hospital. They provide a central nexus that allows nurses to safely dispose of infectious material, clean reusable items as well as observe hand hygiene protocols. The reason they are so critical to the safe and effective functioning of a hospital or care setting is simple. They […]

Celebrating Team Success

We’re celebrating team success at DDC Dolphin this week and couldn’t be more pleased. Our Technical Support Manager  has received certification from recognised providers in a number of Infection Control areas, including Antimicrobial resistance, Antibiotic resistance as well as understand the Ebola Virus and how it can be avoided. This will enable our Technical Team to […]

Introducing Hygenex Medical Pulp Products

We would like to announce the launch of our new Hygenex Medical Pulp range of single-use utensils to enhance our product and service offering throughout the medical sector. Having achieved remarkable success in the pulp macerator market it was a natural progression for us to support our customers and offer ‘the complete solution’. The new Hygenex […]

The Impact of HCAI’s on Children

When a child is admitted to hospital it can be quite a daunting or even scary experience. Depending on their age, maturity or the nature of their visit to hospital, they may not fully understand why they’re being admitted. Or giving them the full story may simply be too upsetting. Throw in the fact that […]

Why is a Sluice Room Designed a Certain Way?

Sluice/dirty utility rooms are dedicated to the safe and efficient disposal of human waste and other potentially infectious material. However, installing a bedpan washer or pulp macerator in a utility closet does not make it a sluice room. Sluice/dirty utility rooms are far from glorified janitor closets, instead performing a vital role in the fight […]

The Truth about Pulp

To the average person pulp is little more than a wet shapeless mass of material usually associated with either making paper or the recycling process. However if you’re providing care to vulnerable adults or those in a clinical setting, pulp is so much more, and so much more important. Medical Pulp utensils in the healthcare […]

Enhanced Regional Support

DDC Dolphin welcomes Ian Heath who joined us on 2nd October as our Regional Service Manager for the South. Ian comes to us with over 30 years of field service experience and has outstanding technical understanding and commercial awareness which will be integral to the creation and delivery of the field service improvements.  

Canadian National Infection Control Week

The 16th to 20th October is National Infection Control Week in Canada. Infection Control Week is intended to raise awareness of the importance of effective infection control methods and best practices but also to review new methods and technologies that can give us the edge in our fight against infection. Educational institutes across the country […]

Dave’s Run to Beat Cancer

Dave Jackson, our Key Account Director is running the 10 mile Great South Run in support of Cancer Research UK.  Dave has experienced loss due to cancer first hand and like many others who witness cancer he wants to help bring forward a day when all cancers are cured. Cancer is a disease which effects millions of people […]

What are Protozoa

Protozoa are abundant in the world. Wherever there are bodies of water, soil, bogs or desert you can more or less guarantee that it will be teeming with single celled life such as the amoeba and ciliates. Of the 50,000 different types, some protozoa are solitary organisms; others live within colonies, whereas others are parasitic […]

Proud Sponsors of KB Sports Football Club

This year we are the proud sponsors of  KB Sports football club who’s home ground is Muscliffe Park, Bournemouth.  We are always keen to support our internal teams with their external activities and when we were approached to sponsor this local football team we were happy to help.  The age of the team varies from 22 to 34 with […]