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Handryer pilot launched to combat HCAIs

Thursday 21 May 2009

NHS Supply Chain launches Dyson Airblade™ contract

An innovative hand dryer aimed at cutting the risk of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) has been launched for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations by NHS Supply Chain.

NHS Supply Chain is running a pilot contract across the country for Dyson Airblade™ - the only hand dryer certified by the leading public health and safety company, NSF International.*

The Dyson Airblade™ is the fastest and most efficient hand dryer. It dries hands up to four times quicker than standard hand dryers by scraping water off hands with a jet of air travelling at 400 mph, and eliminates 99.9% of bacteria from the air used to dry hands with a HEPA filter.

“This truly is an innovation,” said Chris Graham, Senior Buyer at NHS Supply Chain. “Wet hands harbour up to 1000 times more bacteria than dry hands and in turn spread infection across healthcare sites. Patients and healthcare workers are able to dry their hands within ten seconds and at a fraction of the cost.”

When compared with standard hand drying methods, each Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer can save NHS trusts up to £2,000 a year in operating costs.

“The Airblade has been introduced on a trial basis in response to customer interest,” said Chris. “It is a welcome addition to our range of products aimed at helping NHS customers combat the threat of HCAIs.”


Notes to editors

NHS Supply Chain helping to combat healthcare associated infections (HCAIs)

  • NHS Supply Chain works closely with the Department of Health Rapid Review Panel and Showcase hospitals for advice and technical expertise. If a product gains RRP1 status NHS Supply Chain will stock it within one month.
  • In the case of an outbreak NHS Supply Chain can respond within 5 hours with emergency deliveries.
  • NHS Supply Chain offers a comprehensive product range to meet a Trust’s infection control needs including soaps, hand rubs, deep clean equipment, disposable curtains, MRSA testing solutions.
  • NHS Supply Chain works closely with the National Patient Safety Association (NPSA) to ensure that it provides a complete and reliable service and was integral to the ‘Clean Your Hands Campaign’.
  • NHS Supply Chain are associate members of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals

For more information please contact Andrew Brentnall on 01773 724196 or at

*NSF International, the consulting body on workplace hygiene tested the Dyson Airblade hand dryer and certified it as compliant with its strict requirements for a hygienic hand drying system. The Dyson Airblade is the only hand dryer compliant with NSF Protocol P335 for hygienic hand dryers. For more information on this visit the Dyson website.

About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is a 10-year contract operated by DHL Exel Supply Chain on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Its aim is to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS so that resources are released for customers to focus on quality frontline patient care, manage costs and achieve sustainable value. NHS Supply Chain provides its services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers and offers over 600,000 products. NHS Supply Chain can manage the entire tender process, including Official Journal of European Union processes, and act as single point of contact between trusts and suppliers.

  • procurement
  • supplier
  • logistics
  • Supply Chain consultancy services
  • patient services

All underpinned by world-class IT and ecommerce. The range of 600,000 in-scope products support the patient pathway: diagnosis, intervention and patient care:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities (including office equipment)
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment

NHS Supply Chain HQ address: Cotes Park Industrial Estate, West Way, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4QJ
Phone: 01773 724000
Fax: 01773 724229

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 1,700 staff in eight locations. For further information, visit

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