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Rocialle Invests to Enhance Patient Safety

17th January 2014
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For a very good reason, X-ray detectable swabs should always be supplied in 'fives'. After a procedure, the surgical team will count the swabs to ensure that none remains within the patient. If, at the beginning of the operation, there had been six swabs rather than five, the sixth swab could remain inside the patient despite the surgical team having conducted its checks. Starting with four swabs rather than five can have consequences that are almost as serious, with the count resulting in another procedure for the patient in an attempt to locate the fifth swab.


Some hospital trusts asked for procedure packs to be supplied without swabs. However, this would mean that the efficiency benefits for which the packs were being introduced would not be maximised.

To solve this problem, Rocialle has invested in a 'check-weigher'. This machine is pre-programmed with the weights of the swabs and rejects any tied bundle of swabs that does not match the specified weight for a quantity of five. 

By making a considerable investment in the machinery for this simple but effective solution, Rocialle has demonstrated its commitment to supporting its customers in their efforts to ensure patient safety.

For over thirty years, Rocialle has supplied healthcare providers with consumable items, vital to patient care. With wide ranges of single-use surgical instruments and medical packs, Rocialle is helping to control infection and drive down the cost of high quality medical products. In Acute care, Rocialle serves almost every National Health Service Trust in the UK. 

Rocialle is part of Berendsen Plc, a FTSE250 company and a European textile service business with leading positions in most of the countries in which it operates. Berendsen has 15,000 employees across 15 countries throughout Europe. 

For more information: Mark Birchmore, Marketing Manager Tel: +44 (0)7827 830384 Rocialle, Cwm Cynon Business Park, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales CF45 4ER



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