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Designs help combat hospital bugs

Four new bedside furniture designs to reduce healthcare acquired infections are available for the NHS to purchase after testing showed positive patient and staff feedback.

The new designs for a patient chair, bedside cabinet, over bed table and a commode proved easier and quicker to clean and have tested in eight hospitals across England.

The designs were tested by an independent laboratory for cleanability in comparison with existing hospital furniture, as well as user-friendliness by ward staff, patients and visitors.

The report Design Bugs Out is intended to assist the NHS in making informed decisions about purchasing the four Design Bugs Out products. These are now all available in the NHS Supply Chain catalogue online.