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New isolation pod provides innovative way to control infection

IMG 1904October 3, 2017

Infection control has been radically improved on King’s Mill’s Intensive Critical Care Unit (ICCU) thanks to a new innovative isolation pod that has been installed.

The pod is the second largest of its kind in the UK and has provided more isolation space on the unit, which will reduce the risk of infection and improve infection control surrounding some of the Trust’s most vulnerable patients.

The new pod means that King’s Mill’s ICCU now has isolation areas on each side of the unit, allowing for more patients with infectious diseases to be treated in a contained environment.

The pod has a large air filtering system, which works on a negative pressure system to keep infections in, recycling the air up to 22 times a minute, ensuring that the air is clean and therefore the likelihood of infection is reduced.

Chief Executive, Richard Mitchell went to officially open the pod, he said: “The pod is really impressive and I’m pleased that we have been able to secure this system for the unit. It’s so important to have isolation facilities in areas like ICCU, so that we can control infections and stop them spreading to any other patients.”

Ward Leader, Tina Wright added: “It’s an important facility for us to have, especially going into winter and the flu season, when there can be extra demand for our services. It is a facility that we have needed on the ward and it was used within 15 minutes of being installed, which just shows how useful it will be. It’s a fantastic area and it really will help to keep our unit infection free.”

Photo: L-R: Sherwood Forest Hospitals Chief Executive, Richard Mitchel with ICCU Ward Leader, Tina Wright in the isolation pod.