In a recent story in “Healthcare Purchasing News,” DFW Hospital Council Associate Member R-Water was highlighted as an example of innovative solutions when fighting COVID-19 issues in the workplace.
When detailing the advantages of producing healthcare-grade disinfectant on-site at facilities, here’s what an administrative director at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System had to say:
“Like most healthcare facilities, we faced a shortage of disinfectants, disinfecting wipes and elevated pricing on the products that were available,” said Liz Shelton, administrative director of hospital operations at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “In 2018, we implemented a technology that enables us to daily produce 300 gallons of TK60, a one-step healthcare-grade disinfectant on-site.”
Shelton noted the R-Water innovation was crucial when the COVID-19 pandemic became a national issue.
“Before the pandemic, we installed a second unit that allowed us to double our daily production of TK60,” she said. “Having this available on demand allowed us to provide an uninterrupted supply of disinfectant to multiple satellite clinics without incurring additional costs. It also enabled us to significantly reduce the use of expensive Purple Top Wipes.”
The consensus on R-Water has been positive, according to Shelton.
“It was a team effort between Nursing, Infection Prevention, Supply Chain, Environmental Services and Administration,” she said. “It just made sense, and we have been extremely pleased with our decision.”
Shelton said “turn times” of both emergency and patient rooms had decreased dramatically.
“We use TK60 throughout our facilities,” she said. “TK60 eliminates our two-step disinfection process for C-diff rooms. It has replaced our previous daily disinfectant and C-diff products, and it has significantly reduced the use of expensive Purple Top Wipes. The decrease of products used for disinfection, along with TK60’s one-minute contact time has significantly decreased patient room and operation room turn times. During a time when reliability and capacity are so important, and supply and distribution networks are closely monitored, it has been comforting to know we can perform crucial tasks quickly and safely without the possibility of a back-ordered product.”
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R-Water is a woman-owned business based in San Marcos, Texas. Their computerized device gives hospitals, hotels, cruise ships, office buildings, restaurants, schools and other facilities the power to produce cutting-edge cleaning and disinfecting solutions on-site. To learn more about how you can protect yourself against the threat of COVID-19, please contact [email protected].