Navigation Links
Innovative duct tape strategy saves hospitals time, money; improves infection prevention
Date:6/27/2011

Baltimore, Maryland, June 27, 2011 A simple roll of duct tape has proven to be an inexpensive solution to the costly and time-consuming problem of communicating with hospital patients who are isolated with dangerous infections.

A 504-bed Midwestern health system saved up to 2,700 hours and $110,000 a year by creating a "Red Box" safe zone, a three-foot square of red duct tape extending from the threshold of the door, to facilitate communication with patients on isolation or "Contact Precautions," according to an abstract presented today at the 38th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

Conducted by the infection prevention team at the Trinity Medical Center in the Quad Cities on the Iowa/Illinois border, the study revealed that by utilizing this safe zone, their hospitals were able to save time, money in unused gowns and gloves, and that the quality and frequency of communication between healthcare professionals (HCP) and isolated patients increased.

Typically, HCPs must don personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering an isolated patient's room before any type of communication. Dressing in gowns and gloves before each interaction is time-consuming, costly and creates communication barriers with patients. The study showed that HCPs could safely enter the Red Box area without PPE for quick communication and assessment. At Trinity, approximately 30 percent of interactions with patients on Contact Precautions were performed in the Red Box.

In a satisfaction survey, 67% of healthcare workers said that the Red Box lessened barriers when communicating with patients. Also, 79.2% reported that the Red Box saved time in not having to put on and remove PPE. The same number said healthcare workers could assess and communicate with patients more easily. The box also serves as an additional visual cue to remind HCPs that they are entering an isolation room, which is usually only indicated by a sign outside the patient's room.

"This is an innovative strategy that could be of great value to other hospitals," said study author Janet Nau Franck, RN, MBA, CIC. "It costs as much as a roll of tape, and yet pays off with significant savings in time, money and increased satisfaction for both patients and staff."

"This is a simple but very effective mechanism to conserve resources and yet remain in touch with the patient," said APIC 2011 President Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC. "It can serve as a model for healthcare providers who strive to deliver better care and reduce costs."

The study took place from January 2009 to December 2010.


'/>"/>

Contact: Liz Garman
egarman@apic.org
202-454-2604
Association for Professionals in Infection Control
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Media Alert: Abvio Demonstrates Innovative iPhone 3G/3GS Fitness Applications for Running, Cycling and Walking at Macworld 2010
2. Innovative Medical Alert Device Sets a New Standard in PERS Industry
3. New research shows innovative respiratory stress test can quickly detect significant coronary artery disease in a noninvasive setting
4. Florida Public Health Institute and HealthMETRICS Partners, Inc. Form Innovative Partnership
5. EyeView Launches Innovative Video Marketing Quiz
6. Innovative Healthcare Symposium Held By U.S. HealthWorks
7. Eisner USA, LLC Collaborates with Surgical Review Corp to Provide Innovative Bariatric Devices to Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) Participants
8. Innovative Service Revolutionizes How Businesses Research Product Sales Potential
9. Pollogen Launches the Maximus, Advanced Solution for Fat Reduction and Body Shaping based on Innovative TriLipo Technology
10. rAVe Publications Awards HyperSign "Most Innovative New Digital Signage Solution"
11. Reliant Healthcare's Innovative Approach to Inpatient Rehab Profiled on spark360 "Social Business Television" Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... "ProRandom is a set of camera tools that allow video editors to integrate ... Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , With ProRandom, ... video footage. ProRandom works by using a virtual camera to create the illusion of ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett (GAoG) has ... for women of all ages. The staff of Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett ... from routine health screenings to diagnosing and treating female concerns including menopause, urinary ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... January 23, 2017 , ... ... education programs and resources at seafoodnutrition.org/programs and seafoodnutrition.org/resources to assist in teaching ... diet. These resources have been developed for use by nutrition educators and ...
(Date:1/23/2017)... ... ... a time when many people celebrate romance and love by giving cards, candy, flowers or ... present, Atlanta-based Perimeter Plastic Surgery is offering a Valentine’s Day special: Spend $100 ... $50 free. , “A lot of people just buy the more predictable gift of ...
(Date:1/22/2017)... ... January 22, 2017 , ... "Photo Cloud allows FCPX users to add favorited ... with complete ease," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ... FCPX timeline. Presets include scenes with one, three, four or five focus points. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/23/2017)... Spain , January 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... biopharmaceutical company focused on treatments for calcification disorders, ... enrolled in the Phase IIb "CaLIPSO Study" clinical ... of cardiovascular calcification (CVC) in end-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) patients ... in the last stage of chronic kidney disease, ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... (Tumor, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Esoteric), By Type of Lab (Hospital, ... HIV/AIDS etc.), Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... US ... clinical lab testing, which has evolved as a major source ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... Jan 20, 2017 Research and Markets has ... & Trends - Technology, Route Of Administration, End User - Forecast ... ... poised to grow at a CAGR of around 7.8% over the ... This industry report analyzes the global markets for Advanced Drug ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: