Following a large investment in their UK manufacturing facility, Robinson Healthcare are pleased to announce the introduction of a new range of moist skin cleansing wipes for professional and personal healthcare uses - Readiwipes® Wet Skin Cleansing Wipes.
Readiwipes® Wet Skin Cleansing Wipes have been specially developed for the cleansing of all areas of the body. They are extremely effective skin cleansers which loosen, lift and lock contamination into the wipe material. They are unique because most wet wipes use a low cost and relatively ineffective fluid, whilst these wipes have a highly developed and high specification lotion using premium quality ingredients.
These include the herbal extracts of Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Chamomile and Lavender plus Panthenol and Betaine for conditioning the skin and additional moisturisers. The known positive benefits of these ingredients coupled with the results of extensive user trials have confirmed that they calm, soothe, condition and moisturise the skin.
They are suitable for all over body cleansing including intimate area and after toilet personal cleansing. The gentle but effective pH balanced lotion means that the wipes are suitable for all skin types and ages, from babies to the elderly. They are tested and confirmed to be hypoallergenic and are alcohol and lanolin free. They are sting free, rinse free and non-greasy in-use. The carefully balanced fluid content ensures that they are wet enough to cleanse but don’t leave the skin too wet - there is no need to dry the skin after use.
We recognise that wipes should smell good, so we have included a high quality and mild, IFRA compliant fragrance and this leaves the cleansed skin with just a hint of this lovely scent.
A range of materials is available, at different price points and with differing performance and environmental
characteristics. Our policy is to make this information clear so that the user can select the most appropriate wipe
material for their particular needs.
The range is broadly divided into three material families: flushable dispersible maceratable, maceratable and non maceratable. Flushable and dispersible means that this product is suitable for flushing down the toilet. Maceratable means that the product is suitable for disposal in a healthcare institution macerator. These devices offer a convenient method of disposal for pulp based containers, wipes and human waste by shredding it into tiny particles which are then flushed into the waste water system. This system offers excellent hygiene and infection control characteristics. A non-maceratable product cannot be used in a macerator as it will jam the machinery and must not be flushed.
Quite often the lotion used in wet wipes is taken for granted - but in fact it is critically important to the performance
of the product.
Our lotion development brief was extremely demanding as we wanted the best product possible.
Rather than trying to save a few pennies by reducing the quality or quantity of the ingredients we set our standards high as we wanted a product that would not only be an extremely effective cleanser of all body areas, but one which really looked after the skin. We also wanted a product which had outstanding skin compatibility and could be used on all skin types and ages, including the elderly and babies. After two years of intensive development and testing we think we have met this demanding brief and now have a really great product.
Labelling - Back of Pack (click image for a printer friendly copy)
The reverse of the pack describes the product, its intended applications, instructions for use, disposal instructions and contraindications. It also shows a full list of ingredients, product number, barcode, sizes, storage instructions and expiry date.
A space is left for the user or patient’s name to help manage cross-infection risk.
Cleansing and bathing is really important for maintaining the physical health of the patient as it removes unwanted and pathogenic micro organisms from the skin - and therefore plays an important role in infection prevention and control.
Cleansing and bathing also plays an important role in skin care, particularly in the care of the elderly where fragile and dry skin is commonplace. But body cleansing also improves the psychological well being - by helping the patient feel clean and refreshed and dignified. Traditional methods of washing and bathing using soap and water with drying towels have a number of disadvantages that can be overcome by using Readiwipes® Wet.
Soap and Water
The traditional method of cleansing using soap and water has a number of disadvantages. Traditional soap is generally rather alkaline and whilst initially effective at removing micro organisms it can strip the skin of essential oils thus drying the skin. Soap cleanses but it does not condition or moisturise.
It also alters the natural pH of the skin which is critical for maintaining its natural defence against bacteria, viruses, moulds and yeasts, so the benefit of their initial removal is quickly reversed.
Non soap cleansers are preferable to traditional soap with respect to their skin conditioning properties, though they still have a number of drawbacks, including the need for water and subsequent drying of the skin with flannels, towels or dry wipes. The use of soap is also problematic when cleansing the eyes or ears and its removal can be difficult from intimate mucosal areas or from deeply folded skin.
The main issue with traditional cleansing particularly in a healthcare setting is that access to water is needed - and it needs to be heated with implicit additional energy costs. It is also often difficult and dangerous for a patient to get to a sink or shower, or they may need help, thus consuming more caring resource.
There is also the issue of maintaining the cleanliness of the washing facilities, particularly given that the users may not be able to clean down after use due to their medical condition. So the cleaning facility itself may become a significant source of cross infection.
There may be insufficient facilities for washing and bathing so their use may need to be staggered with the associated inconvenience. The use of bowls taken to the bedside is problematic as the bowl has to be filled with water to the correct temperature, transported to and from the patient without spilling - and the multi use bowl itself poses a significant cross infection risk so these need to be decontaminated before re-use. All of this consumes time and resources.
The other issue with using bowls or basins is that organisms washed off the skin reside in the water and are re-deposited, in part, back onto the skin during washing and rinsing. There can also be a build up of soap residue in the water causing ineffective rinsing and soap remaining on the skin post washing - thus affecting further the negative effect on skin pH.
The use of Readiwipes® Wet overcomes these issues and provides much better cleansing.
Drying is also a significant issue. Towels are needed and provision needs to be made for hygienic laundering, storage and collection after use. The hidden costs of this are very significant plus the cost of replacement. Towels can also be rough, which is not only uncomfortable for the patient, but can also cause damaging skin abrasion during drying. Damp towels pose a significant infection control risk, as they can harbour and encourage the growth of micro organisms.
Of course, disposable paper towels are available for drying but these are generally weak if saturated with water and can be quite rough - a problem with young or elderly patients and only suited to hand and face drying. Dry wipes can be used for drying and these are available from Robinson Healthcare, or alternatively the use of Readiwipes® Wet cleanses without the need for drying. The use of traditional cleansing methods therefore have a number of drawbacks which can be easily overcome by using Readiwipes® Wet.
The use of Readiwipes® Wet offers numerous advantages over traditional soap and water cleansing: