Toronto's Humber River Hospital Adopts TransVac's Automated Technology to Streamline Handling of Waste, Recyclables and Soiled Linen in New Facility.

Humber River Hospital (HRH) in Toronto, Canada, is implementing TransVac's automated collection system as a lean and clean solution for handling waste, soiled linen and recycling at its new 1.8 million square foot acute care facility.

When completed in the Fall of 2015, the new Humber River Hospital will be North America's first fully digital hospital. It will also be a leader in integrating leading-edge lean and green principles in new hospital construction, resulting in North America's most energy efficient acute care facility.

"The TransVac solution fit very well with the lean and green guiding principles we used to design our new hospital," says HRH President & CEO Rueben Devlin. "Clean and dirty supplies never cross in the building, enhancing safety and quality of patient care by reducing

the potential for cross-contamination and the transmission of infectious diseases. It reduces the unnecessary and inefficient movement of people and material, freeing staff to spend more time with patients. And it lessens our environmental footprint by increasing our recovery of recyclables."

The TransVac system is essentially a large, one-way pneumatic tube system. Using vacuum technology, trash, soiled linen and recyclables are transported from load stations located throughout the hospital directly to back of the house operations. Unlike traditional manual methods of collection and transport, the TransVac system establishes a sealed, dedicated pathway for dirty materials, significantly reducing staff, patient and visitor exposure to airborne pathogens.

"By automating these manual processes, we will free up resources that can then be re-directed back into patient care, while supporting a clean and healthy physical environment for everyone — patients, staff and physicians, and visitors,"

"Preventing hospital-acquired infections are a vital component of every hospital's quality of care and infection control efforts," says TransVac President Harry Pliskin. "The TransVac system helps hospitals to meet public expectations and organizational goals in this area, improving performance while using fewer resources."

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