NHS Supply Chain launches Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer contract
The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer has been launched in NHS trusts and healthcare organisations on the merit of its ability to cut the risk of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). As the only hand dryer certified by the leading public health and safety company, NSF International, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer has secured a pilot contract in health centres across the country via the NHS Supply Chain.
The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer contains a HEPA filter to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria from the air used to dry hands. Extremely energy efficient, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer dries hands up to four times faster than standard hand dryers, using a 400 mph jet of cool air to scrape water from hands.
“This truly is an innovation,” said Chris Graham, Senior Buyer at NHS Supply Chain. “Wet hands harbour up to 1000 times more bacteria than dry hands and in turn spread infection across healthcare sites. Patients and healthcare workers are now able to dry their hands within ten seconds and at a fraction of the cost.”
When compared with warm-air dryers and paper towels, each Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer can save NHS trusts up to £2,000 a year in operating costs. Using 80 per cent less energy than warm-air dryers, and at three times more carbon efficient than standard hand drying methods, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer ensures a minimised carbon footprint for each trust.
“The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer has been introduced on a trial basis in response to customer interest,” said Chris. “It is a welcome addition to our range of products aimed at helping NHS customers combat the threat of HCAIs.”