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Guaranteeing health and hygiene in a veterinary environment

Sector: Healthcare

In February 2020, before the first Coronavirus lockdown was announced, Vincent Sherard-Bornshin, Chief Executive Officer of RSPCA Bury, Oldham & District, realised that hygiene was suddenly going to become paramount for his organisation’s premises. Having had previous experience of similar machines, he approached Truvox International to see if he could obtain a Multiwash II. The company immediately arranged for a machine to be delivered – as a donation – by a local distributor.

“For many years we’ve been using traditional mop and bucket cleaning methods for the floors at the centre, and the outcome simply wasn’t good enough,” says Vincent Sherard-Bornshin. “I felt that the Multiwash was the only machine which would satisfy the need to ensure that we could close any gaps in our existing cleaning protocols, to not only fully clean and sanitise, but to ensure that communicable diseases are controlled, including Coronavirus. Not just for the welfare of the animals but all employees and visitors. We needed to be able to use a machine daily, but also as a deep cleaning solution.

“Many areas of our large centre feature Altro Flooring, which is chosen for its non-slip qualities, but can trap dirt and is often difficult to clean, but not with a Multiwash II. The Bury, Oldham & District centre inevitably has zoonotics in the premises – infectious diseases that can be passed between animals or from animal to human – so cleaning is paramount. I could see that the floors needed regular deep cleaning, and that’s why I was delighted when we received our Multiwash II, as I knew it would make all the difference.

“The Multiwash II is used in the main cattery, operating theatre, and other public and communal areas. Of course, to avoid cross-contamination, we strip and clean the machine before using in different areas.

“We use Anigene HLD4V high level disinfectant cleaner across the centre as it is particularly effective against the most resistant of pathogens, including Canine parvovirus, Feline calicivirus and the causative organisms of Kennel Cough and Ringworm. Safe around animals, it does not require rinsing and works perfectly with the Multiwash II.

The impact of Covid on cleaning protocols and more

“We have no specialised cleaning operatives at the centre, so cleaning is a daily task for our animal care assistants, who find the Multiwash II straightforward and easy to use. Due to coronavirus we had to alter the working arrangements and part of our risk strategy included the use of the Multiwash II, which could be utilised at different alert statuses that we introduced at the centre. Different alerts would trigger a different response in staff requirements and also cleaning protocols.

“As a small locally funded charity licenced by the National RSPCA, we rely on donations and generosity of our community, local and national businesses. The branch had identified that the traditional mop and bucket was fully sanitizing the floors with the use of Anigene HLD4V, but was not giving that really deep clean that was required to give a high level of bio-security.

“We were so delighted when we were offered the Multiwash II machine and it really has made a significant difference,” concludes Vincent Sherard-Bornshin. “I can now rest assure that we can take our cleaning regime to another level, and this could only be made possible with the use and donation of the machine from Truvox International. We cannot rate the machine, distributor or Truvox International enough. It gives outstanding results, reduces time spend on cleaning and is easy to use. It is so flexible in different applications across our setting and has made such a difference.”

See the latest Multiwash machine at The London Vet Show

Truvox International is launching a new, re-designed range of their Multiwash™ scrubber dryers at The London Vet Show at ExCel, London, from Thursday 11 to Friday 12 November, 2021. Available in three sizes and effective on all floors – from carpets to hard floors, and escalators to entrance matting – the Multiwash™ Pro leaves floors ready to walk on in minutes.

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