Envac wins two calls for tenders for nearly 10 million euros for pneumatic waste collection in two French hospitals

Envac wins two calls for tenders for nearly 10 million euros for pneumatic waste collection in two French hospitals

Two of the ongoing projects incorporate the separate transportation and treatment of type III infectious sharp waste with on-site sterilization

Envac has won two new tenders in France for a total amount of almost €10 million. euros. The company is deploying its technology in the New Artois Metropolitain Hospital in Lens and the Lariboisière – Fernand-Widal AP-HP Hospital in Paris.

With these new contracts, and once the new pneumatic waste collection systems are operational, Envac will have equipped six hospitals in France with their technology: the new Artois Metropolitain Hospital in Lens, the Lariboisière – Fernand-Widal Hospital AP-HP, Nantes University Hospital, Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, Hautepierre Hospital – University Hospitals of Strasbourg and Montpellier University Hospital.

The first four are at different stages of construction while the last two began operating in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

Construction of the New Artois Metropolitain Hospital (Lens)

The project for the New Artois Metropolitain Hospital amounts to 6.9 million euros.

The execution is carried out on a 611-bed hospital and will equip the establishment with a pneumatic waste collection system which will collect and manage three fractions of waste: soiled linen, general hospital waste and infectious waste.

The systems under construction in this hospital, like that in Rennes, allow the transport and separate treatment of type III sharp infectious waste with on-site sterilization (scalpels, needles, and any metal material that could be a vector of transmission diseases).

The engineering project, installation and its management are carried out by the technical team of Envac Iberia in Madrid, where the headquarters of Envac Iberia and its division for Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa is located.

“The solution for disposing of soiled linen and waste is a complementary component of the overall approach implemented for the New Artois Metropolitain Hospital, it combines robotic and automated logistics, digital building management, handling and converting of infectious waste, vertical storage, etc. The objective is to improve patient care, reception conditions and working conditions by relieving caregivers as much as possible of additional tasks.” specifies Bruno DONIUS, General Director of the Lens Hospital Center.

Le Nouveau Lariboisière AP-HP hospital (Paris)

The Nouveau Lariboisière AP-HP project in Paris covers an implementation budget of 2.8 million euros. The 489-bed facility will accommodate a transport system for general hospital waste and soiled linen fractions.

The pneumatic waste transport system in hospitals improves logistics inside hospitals by eliminating the use of elevators and cargo lifts and saves floor space previously used for intermediate storage of waste bins. It also has a positive impact on facility hygiene by minimizing physical contact between people and soiled linen and waste. Waste is transported through a closed pipe network instead of being transported in carts through hallways and elevators. This creates a safer environment for the movement of patients, hospital staff, and visitors.

“The Nouveau Lariboisière AP-HP hospital will be equipped with a network of pipes allowing the evacuation of soiled linen and general hospital waste. The collection points located within the care units themselves will enable nursing staff to save time, reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and ease logistical flows in the hospital, while securing these two circuits. » explains Mathieu RABIER – Logistics engineer – Lariboisière Hospital – Fernand-Widal AP-HP.

César Moraís, commercial director of Envac Iberia, assures that “waste management based on pneumatic technology has generated savings of almost 20% in hospitals. Once the operator has introduced the waste into the system, there is no more manual or visual contact with the waste. This improves the hygiene and safety of healthcare workers. In addition, as it is a hermetic system, it avoids leachate, liquids from waste which can contain toxic substances and cause nuisance. »

The Envac collection system in healthcare facilities

Envac installed the first pneumatic system in 1961 at Sollefteå Hospital in the north of Sweden, which is still in use today. Its technology is now installed in more than 130 hospitals around the world, including six in France.

The Envac installation for hospitals is slightly different from the common system dedicated to urban areas. The Envac system provides patients and hospital staff with smart, hygienic, and safe waste collection logistics solutions. An environment including contactless technology, separate systems for laundry, general hospital waste and infectious waste, transported in separate sealed pipe systems.

Collecting waste and laundry with the Envac system minimizes physical contact between people and unclean materials. Waste and soiled linen are transported through a sealed pipe network rather than on carts in hallways and elevators, creating a safer environment for transporting patients, staff and visitors. Reducing transport on carts also reduces wear and tear on the building itself which means less maintenance costs. As the system is closed and the waste inlet doors touchless, the spread of infections, droplet transmission and accidents are kept to a minimum.

Pneumatic waste collection reduces the need for a large workforce of hospital workers to transport and sort laundry and waste. Reducing the manual handling is not only beneficial from a health perspective, but also cost effective.

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