The CHESTERFIELD Royal Hospital is battling to reduce infection by keeping cool with hi-tech fans.
The hospital trust has taken delivery of 200 brand new fans from Whittington Moor firm Barton Electrical Services that are easier to clean, use less energy and are more comfortable for patients than traditional fans.
The Dyson Air Multiplier does not have any blades, instead it uses an electric motor to feed air into a cylinder that is released as a breeze when it hits a slit on the inside of the tube.
Diane Simpson, the senior matron for infection and prevention control, said: “The main problem with the old fans were that you had to take them apart to clean them and really get inside the grills and blades. It was time consuming but with this fan it just wipes clean in a matter of seconds.
“It’s also safer because there are no fast spinning blades and the patients will be more comfortable because the breeze is not as harsh with more control over the strength and temperature.
“We’re always looking at ways to reduce the risk of spreading infections and improving our already high standards of cleanliness.”
The air multipliers are more economical than a standard fan but retain many of the same features such as a directional breeze, multiple settings and a localised effect to each patient area.
Diane added: “We’ve had a lot of charitable donations in the past that we’ve used to buy fans because due to the nature of patients’ illnesses.
“Some patients need cooling down whilst others need warming up. We are using the same charitable funds to buy these fans as well.
“We will be replacing these fans first so that all previous donations will still be honoured before rolling them out across other ward areas.
“Some of those older fans, all in perfect working order and will be relocated to office areas or donated to developing countries.”
Andy Barton, proprietor of Barton Electrical Service, said: “We have been an approved contractor at the Royal for some time and used to supply the air conditioning so we put the idea to the trust having learned that they were easier to clean and keep clean. We’re delighted to be involved in the Royal’s efforts to help cut infection rates.”