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Infection control initiative wins Patient Safety Award

Published 26/09/2013

Derby Hospitals staff have won first prize in a national innovation competition for designing an inflatable door which cuts the risk of airborne infections in hospitals improving patient safety.

Paul Brooks, Derby Hospitals’ Assistant Director of Facilities, and Helen Forrest, Lead Infection Control Nurse, won the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network Award for Patient Safety for The Derby Door.

The Derby Door is an inflatable barrier which fits flush against walls and ceilings to form a safe and reliable seal around an area of a ward that needs decontaminating. This enables staff to enter the bay without putting themselves or patients at risk and gives the Infection Control team another tool in the fight against HCAI (Healthcare Associated Infections).

The inspiration for the innovation came from the fact that many bed bays do not have doors. The idea of an inflatable door allows for a flexible solution that is relatively inexpensive, can be used repeatedly, is adaptable to fit a variety of openings, is easy to clean and robust enough to ensure the safety of both staff and patient.

Paul Brooks said: “This is fantastic news. We are really proud of our achievements and for demonstrating that we are world pioneers in healthcare technology. I am really pleased that we will be supported by Health Enterprise East, whenever possible, to further progress our idea

“The Derby Door has already become a part of Derby Hospitals infection prevention control and good practice, with ward staff receiving training and using it as part of managing infection outbreaks.

“The door has also attracted interest and business across the UK and abroad, including the Netherlands, Australia and South East Asia.”

Dr Anne Blackwood, Health Enterprise East Chief Executive said: “This is our eighth Annual Innovation Competition Awards and once again, we have been overwhelmed by the standard of entries we have received across our five categories.

“The choice of focus for this year’s competition reflects current healthcare priorities and some of the innovations showcased here will play an important role in how services are delivered in the future to benefit both patients and those looking after them.”


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Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust wins award in Health Enterprise East’s 2013 Innovation Competition, left to right:  Paul Brookes, BBC Look East presenter Stewart White, Helen Forrest and Teresa Grieve, Assistant Director of Research & Development.

For further information, please contact:

Rajinder (Raj) Mattu

Communications Officer
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 785778/185851


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