With a recent wave of bad press surrounding the use of paper towels in hospitals, one hospital has been testing out new methods of protecting the towels from infection.
The Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia, which opened in October, says the new measures are part of a larger effort to combat a serious problem that has infected thousands of patients and led to the deaths of several staff members.
The hospital says the tests will be available to patients as early as next week.
They will be tested in a variety of environments, including classrooms and on the ward, and will also be used at the general hospital.
They will be stored in plastic containers and covered with a plastic cover.
They’re being tested in two types of environments: at the patient level and at the staff level.
“There’s no question that this is a very serious problem,” said Dr. Paul Schramm, the hospital’s chief medical officer.
The new measures include using more than 3,000 disposable disposable towels in one washroom and more than 1,000 in the other.
The new tests, called the BioLumina system, will use the most environmentally-friendly disposable products possible, and they will also require that the towels are used only in the washroom.
The company, which makes paper towels that are made of polypropylene, has been working to reduce their use in hospitals by about 70 per cent.
“We’ve been able to reduce our use of plastic bags by almost 80 per cent,” said Michael O’Connor, BioLunas senior vice president of sustainability and sustainability.
“That is huge.”
The hospital also says the BioHab test, which is being tested at a dozen hospitals, will reduce the risk of bacterial contamination and will require the use the same equipment as other hospital use of the paper towels.
Health Canada is considering an amendment to its regulations that would allow hospitals to use plastic bags in their washrooms.
The changes have been welcomed by many, including hospital leaders.
“There is absolutely no doubt that it’s the most cost-effective way to protect hospital staff and patients,” said hospital president Paul Schmam.
But the changes have also raised questions from some experts, including a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that says hospital use could be harming patients.
The study found that a hospital’s use of disposable paper towels was associated with an increased risk of urinary tract infections and other urinary tract complications.