International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated every year on 12 May. This day of action was first organised at the behest of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in 1965 and has been held on 12 May every year since 1974. The date was not chosen randomly, since 12 May is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing. The theme for 2023 is ‘Our Nurses. Our Future.’ This global campaign aims to show what those working in the nursing sector would like to see in the future, with the goal of tackling global health challenges and improving global health for all. SCHELL products and solutions can make a big difference here, since they help to better protect those in need of care. When it comes to optimising user hygiene, anti-scalding protection or ensuring good drinking water hygiene, SCHELL is an excellent choice.
The forward-looking approach adopted by IND underlines how important it is to become active and introduce the necessary measures. According to the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of people requiring care in Germany will increase by 37 percent by 2055 simply as a result of an aging population. Destatis results from extrapolating care figures predict that this number will grow from around 5 million people in need of care at the end of 2021 to 6.8 million in 2055. Any measures that cater to the needs of care patients are therefore an investment in the future. This should include equipping sanitary facilities with products and services that contribute in particular to the health of those in need of care – to relieve the load on nursing staff.
Anti-scalding protection with SCHELL products
Anti-scalding protection is an especially important topic for creating appropriate conditions for nursing patients. Residents of hospitals and care facilities are often unable to respond quickly to danger and are therefore more likely to suffer scald injuries.
ThermoProtect thermostat for reliable anti-scalding protection
Many SCHELL fittings are equipped with a thermostat – like the VITUS VW-E-T and XERIS E-T wash basin taps, for example. This ThermoProtect technology provides reliable anti-scalding protection. The thermostatic limit restricts the water temperature to a maximum of 38 °C. The flow of water also stops automatically if the cold water line fails.
MODUS series for wash basins and showers
ThermoProtect technology is also utilised for the MODUS single-lever mixers. If required, the MODUS single-lever mixer can also be supplied with an especially easy to use loop handle, which is ideal for people with limited mobility. The MODUS shower thermostat with ThermoProtect technology is available in the same series. In the shower, anti-scalding protection is even more important, because it reduces the risk of a fall caused by someone trying to get out of the way of a jet of excessively hot water. The MODUS shower thermostat also features IsoBody technology: this provides protection against burns as the housing does not heat up but remains at ambient temperature.
Combining fittings with the SCHELL angle valve thermostat
SCHELL also offers a great solution for fittings without integrated anti-scalding protection: the SCHELL angle valve thermostat can be retrofitted to provide anti-scalding protection. A maximum outlet temperature, such as 38 °C, can then be set on the angle valve thermostat. The angle valve also stops the flow of water if the cold water line fails or pressure fluctuations occur in the system.
While drinking water hygiene is always an important topic, it becomes especially critical within the nursing environment. Maintaining drinking water hygiene ensures that dangerous bacteria such as Legionella cannot spread excessively within the building’s drinking water installation. This is decisive in relation to user health, since the pneumonitis caused by Legionella bacteria particularly affects people with a weakened immune system, according to information provided by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Nursing patients typically belong to this vulnerable group of individuals. Electronic SCHELL fittings with an option for carrying out stagnation flushes can help maintain drinking water hygiene. These products include the MONTUS Flow H WC cistern module.
MONTUS Flow H for accessible sanitary facilities
To set up stagnation flushes, MONTUS Flow H can be controlled using the SCHELL SWS Water Management System or the SCHELL Single Control Flow SSC Bluetooth® module. This allows the configuration of automated stagnation flushes at specific points in time. The narrow frame format of the MONTUS Flow H also allows it to be combined with the SCHELL high-load mounting modules, to which folding support handles and other nursing equipment can be attached. To find out more about using MONTUS Flow H with the SCHELL SWS Water Management System, please see this article.
The slogan for International Nursing Day 2023 calls on us to take a look at the future. To ensure we are best prepared for demographic change and an increasing number of people in need of care, the best approach is to use products that make day-to-day life easier for patients and nursing staff. Topics such as anti-scalding protection and drinking water hygiene are important here. SCHELL offers solutions that improve anti-scalding protection in sanitary facilities while helping to maintain drinking water hygiene. Many other products and solutions from SCHELL also help facility managers in care homes and residential facilities ensure the responsible operation of their installations. These include the SCHELL SWS Water System or sensor fittings with contactless operation – for use in visitor areas, for example. In this way, SCHELL helps operators of sanitary facilities in the (semi-)public and commercial care sector to become fit for the future.