By Jon Olsen | Vaask
As a global leader in technological innovation and economic impact, it’s no surprise the healthcare industry also has become a force in sustainability leadership. At a recent United Nations Climate Action Summit, leaders representing more than 18,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities pledged to reduce emissions by 34 million metric tons. But a Yale University study found that most healthcare industry emissions — 70 percent, in fact — don’t happen at healthcare facilities but rather in the organizations’ supply chain. That makes it essential to focus on procuring products that are built to last and reduce single-use plastics well-known to be energy-intensive to manufacture.
The Vaask® touchless hand sanitizing fixture helps sustainably minded companies achieve their goals. The U.S.-manufactured fixture features all-metal construction and replaces the endless array of single-use plastic hand sanitizer bottles. Selected for its quality manufacturing and superior coating options, the cast aluminum allows for customizable colors and graphics. That allows your organization to proudly brand your Vaask dispensers to showcase a sincere commitment to cleanliness. Vaask is also easy to maintain, as the refillable cartridge contains nearly twice the sanitizer of typical dispensers. That equates to less frequent refills.
Honored as the overall winner in Healthcare Design’s Product Innovation Awards, Vaask is built to last and dispenses the right amount of sanitizer every time. The fixture has won nearly 20 design, technology and sustainability awards just months after its debut.
Wrote one judge, “Vaask is a practical and useful offering in a post-COVID world. The product eliminates plastic waste and the reusable and refillable high-capacity cartridge is an important design feature that allows for bulk refill of product and lower operating costs.”
A Canadian study found more and more healthcare leaders now consider the added operating costs that come with constantly replacing devices either designed to be used just once or that break perpetually, a common occurrence among traditional hand sanitizer dispensers. The hand hygiene industry has long relied on selling as many plastic dispensers into facilities — slapping them on walls wherever possible — with no regard to ongoing maintenance costs or the fact that around 20 percent of dispensers break within just two years. Vaask is backed by a 5-year warranty and able to accept any quality gel sanitizer. You’re never locked into expensive long-term supply contracts.
Developed with healthcare professionals, Vaask is the dependable, high-capacity and low-maintenance dispenser that healthcare facilities require.
Behind each of these differentiating features is a focus on advanced technology. Vaask is designed to create a simple, reliable experience with less work for today’s overtaxed maintenance crews. The fixture also incorporates a high-end stepper motor and peristaltic pump in its design. This ensures that it dispenses the correct amount of sanitizer every time. It also tracks usage to alert you via an exterior LED panel and a mobile app when it’s time to refill. In addition, the cartridge can be refilled with Vaask’s premium sanitizer or any quality gel sanitizer.
Vaask’s proprietary PalmPilot sensor accurately detects hands, eliminating mess. The PalmPilot technology measures the speed at which light photons leave its sensor and return. Because the component measures speed rather than light, the PalmPilot sensor functions even in spaces where dust can be an issue and detects hands of any shade that would otherwise flummox everyday infrared sensors.
The animation in Vaask’s customizable LED panel beckons users, encouraging the kind of frequent use that helps reduce the spread of germs. That’s crucial since our hands transmit 80% of illnesses. After a reliable dispensing of Vaask’s gel sanitizer, the user appreciates a lovely fragrance, in total resulting in a positive experience.
“Vaask really stood out from the rest of the entries. It’s a striking, elegant and inviting design, and it addresses a very critical hygiene issue within healthcare environments,” another Healthcare Design judge wrote.
Vaask earned honors from TIME’s Best Inventions. Judges praised the company for giving hand hygiene “the kind of design attention that the rest of a modern workplace gets.”
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