OTEX Ozone Disinfection enhances vet Group's bio-security
Graham De Baerdemaecker is Senior Partner at Oathall Veterinary Group, and employed the OTEX Ozone Disinfection system to reduce the risk of infection passing between animals in the practice’s care.
Oathall Vets have had JLA laundry equipment for a long time, and when the time came to review their bio-security measures in 2012,OTEX Ozone Disinfection provided all the answers Graham and his team were looking for.
“We wanted to guard against the risk of cross-infection ourselves, in-house, with particular focus on MRSA and Parvovirus which are highly contagious. We have on average a 10-cage occupancy during the day and often have 5 or 6 animals staying with us overnight, so there is a lot of bedding in use and the potential for disease transmission is high. We wanted to eliminate that risk, and have the peace of mind that towels,surgical garments and bedding would be decontaminated as well as cleaned."
"Since installing OTEX we’ve had no infection problems at all, which has vindicated our decision.”
The difference in wash quality has also been noted by the practice’s Clinical Housekeepe rStephanie Izzard.
“OTEX makes the things we wash look and feel better, particularly our vet beds which are softerand seem to be lasting longer – I’m told this is down to the low-temperature ozone process,which opens up the pile to make the beds fluffier.”
In addition to the disinfection now available to the vets group, Graham and his team are also reassured by JLA’s 8-working hour response guarantee, whereby £100 is offered as a rebate if an engineer is not on-site within that time in an emergency.
“We work 7 days a week and run a 24hr emergency service too. That results in a large amount of laundry and several loads per day, so going without a means of cleaning and disinfecting our linen would be a big problem – we’d soon run out. JLA also offer support 24/7, so we can log a fault night or day which speeds up the fix.”