Ice machine manufacturer Hoshizaki has stated that it is “prioritising ice machine orders for essential sites including hospitals” so that patients stay hydrated and healthy.
This promise has been made by the brand in reaction to the current Covid-19 pandemic which is seeing tremendous pressures mount on UK hospitals: environments which rely on ice for patient care as Simon Frost, director, UK and Ireland, explained: “Hospitals up and down the UK, as well as across the globe, rely on Hoshizaki ice machines for a whole host of medical tasks. These include using ice to reduce swelling, keeping patients hydrated, storing perishables and even for organ cooling and transportation.”
Out of all of the ice styles that Hoshizaki offers, the firm believes flaked ice is the most appropriate for healthcare settings. Frost continued: “Flaked ice is most commonly used in the medical field due its slight shape which proves ideal for filling or moulding ice packs and for cooling medical plates/organs.
“The soft, chewable structure and faster melting rate of flaked ice also makes this ice style especially good for hydrating patients.”
The manufacturer offers multiple flaker ice machine models in various sizes and capacities. For example, Hoshizaki’s largest flaker model, (FM-1800ALKE-R452-SB), is able to produce 1,800kg of ice per 24 hours whilst the brand’s smallest flaker (FM-80KE-HC) model measures 640 x 600 x 800mm which is suitable for the smallest of hospital areas.