Haigh Engineering

Since the launch of the first Sluicemaster in 1964, Haigh have continually invested in the development, design and manufacturing capabilities to deliver the bedpan and pulp medical product disposal machines that are needed for the day in day out needs of a demanding hospital environment.
The disposable medical pulp system is a core part of the NHS infection prevention strategy when it comes to patient waste management, and is becoming more and more established around the world.
Put simply, you wouldn’t reuse gloves or masks so why would you reuse a bedpan. “Up-time is Infection Control”.

The Company’s Approach to Healthcare:

Remove the need for hot water or steam in your sluice room with a simple upgrade to a Haigh bedpan machine. The global commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions has led many industries, including healthcare, to search for sustainable solutions. A quick win that contributes to this as well as saving considerable annual running costs in the process, is to ensure that a site is not wasting energy by the heating and boiling of water in a site’s sluice room. Haigh Engineering’s bedpan disposers, when compared with hot water washing based alternatives, are proven to save thousands of pounds of electricity per site with the comparative CO2 savings: for a pan or pot washer being used 10 times per day, the reduction in CO2 is 1,050 kg per annum*, and with more usage or multiple dirty utility rooms across a site this saving only becomes more significant.

Alongside the financial and carbon savings, sites using Haigh’s Panaway also see the other benefits of using macerators, including all the infection control aspects of a single use system and the reduced risks of cross contamination that re-introducing washed items into an otherwise clean environment. Additional, harder to quantify, contributions towards net zero include the reduction in waste to landfill associated with any products that have to be disposed of via the clinical waste route that are better off processed in a macerator, as well as reduced.

While improving the sluice room is only a small aspect of a site’s move towards Net Zero, one of the points that makes this attractive is that upgrading bedpan machines is a well-established, simple, low risk project that has been made even more straightforward in recent years with the introduction of the plug and play Panaway DS system. Haigh’s Panaway equipment is easy to retrofit into a wide range of environments and requires minimal training for users with its simple intuitive interface. Upgrades to a site can be delivered as a one-hit roll out or incrementally over time depending on what suits a customer and the staff best.

The Haigh Engineering factory based in Herefordshire, UK, itself operates towards net zero goals, with in excess of 50% of the site’s electrical requirements now coming from solar PV on the site, and plans to increase this self-generation level over time. The products themselves are designed by the team with reliability, long lifespan and straightforward maintenance as the overall life of a product is well known factor in keeping the embodied carbon content of a product as low as possible on an annualised basis. With carbon content and actual operating costs so interlinked, this of course brings financial benefits to customers and is in no small way one of the factors that underpins the global success and continued growth of Haigh’s waste disposal product range. To calculate your carbon and energy savings, visit: https://haighmed.com/calculator/

Impact of Products/​Services on Healthcare:

It is well established that good management and processing of human waste in a healthcare setting is a key part of infection control. For immobile, partially mobile or incontinent patients and residents, this will one way or another require the need of a dirty utility or sluice-room as part of the process, alongside waste segregation, cleaning processes and ideally disposal as promptly as possible.

If equipment in the sluice room is not working properly then this therefore creates an infection risk that is proportional to the length of time until it is resolved. Based on this insight, the team here at Haigh design our products and services with the principle that “uptime is infection control”, and have developed an approach that has this at its core. There are a wide number of factors that can achieve maximum uptime, covered broadly by the reliability of the equipment, correct equipment usage, suitable maintenance, early identification of potential issues and ultimately rapid resolution of any downtime.

Many sites rely heavily on service level agreements (SLAs) that are either imposed internally or with third party providers; these tend to be responsive in nature and do not necessarily reward or encourage processes that result in the best overall up-time. Broadening the topic to cover the following in a balanced way can bring tangible benefits to a site for minimal cost or effort:

– Ensuring simplicity and robustness of equipment is a consideration when purchasing
– Implementing basic telemetry (e.g. email / text message alerts / BMS) for equipment faults
– Considering maintenance schedules and regular user training
– Implementing a rapid ‘swap out’ process

While the first three points here are well established across many sectors including healthcare, Haigh have taken the swap out concept to the next level in the sluice room with the Panaway DS bedpan machine. It is now a possible to replace a faulty machine with a replacement in a matter of minutes based, getting your waste disposal process back online rapidly, with repairs to be undertaken at a more convenient, efficient time and place rather than in the middle of a busy healthcare environment and all the risks that are associated with that.

Innovation in the Business:

Our new fresh approach to installing, upgrading and maintaining bedpan machines in sluice rooms you are responsible for: Haigh’s tried and tested Panaway / Quattro models now have a Docking Station option. This evolutionary step simplifies both installation and future maintenance, reduces costs, and improves the end results for you.
Once your Docking Station kit(s) arrive, installation is a breeze. Standard plumbing and electrical trade skills are required, but no specialist tools or expertise are needed. Additionally, no heavy lifting associated with the bulkier main machine is involved, so you can install one by one or all together, whichever is best for you.
Once your Docking Station(s) are installed, take delivery of your DS compatible machine(s), and if you have existing Panaway / Quattros, then speak to us about the service exchange package to get you up to the latest spec. Quick installation is then a matter for someone with a “handyman” or above experience. The main, bulkier machines are delivered straight to their location, and future maintenance is now easier too.
The Docking Station approach simplifies the overall project, reduces the cost of expensive specialists, and reduces health and safety risks. It vastly reduces storage requirements and simplifies long lead times. Additionally, it improves cash flow through the project, delivers a standardized end result, and makes future maintenance much easier as the machines can be quickly unplugged from the dock to work on.

Future Direction:

Haigh Engineering is excited to share the success of the latest iteration of bedpan machine, Panaway DS, following its initial roll out across multiple healthcare facilities. The feedback received from both users and facilities managers has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are pleased to see that the Panaway DS is delivering great value for money through improving sluice room up time and the niche but critical matter of ensuring patient waste disposal compliant.

Users consistently commented on the Panaway DS’s ease of use and dependability when it comes to disposing of medical pulp items and patient waste. With the intuitive interface and easy-to-follow instructions, sites can perform routine maintenance tasks in house, reducing the need for specialist technicians, allowing for more efficient, timely and cost-effective maintenance. Additionally, the backward compatibility of the machine has made the transition from older models seamless, with little or no need for costly sluice room re configuring and staff retraining.

Facilities managers have been particularly impressed with the Panaway DS’s focus on ensuring sluice room up-time. With simplified installation, maintenance costs and Haigh’s well known product reliability, the Panaway DS helps departments hit challenging SLAs that are critical to keeping the ever present infection risks associated with waste management under control. With the alternative being washing bedpans, pots and bottles with steam and hot water, high energy costs are meaning that the benefits of bedpan macerators have never been greater; Haigh’s online cost calculator has been an eye opener for many customers seeing just how many thousands of pounds a year they benefit from by using these types of machine instead, on top of the core infection prevention benefits.

Complementing Haigh’s “movables” approach to sluice room equipment, Panaway DS is proving to be the logical step forward for existing and new customers alike, meeting the demanding needs of everything from busy NHS acute wards to private elderly care sites where immobile, at risk residents require the highest standard of care. The team at Haigh Engineering is looking forward to continued developments in providing our clients with the best for the sluice room.