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:5/6/2016)... ... ... Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has written a new article this week meant to ... stop cancer. Yisrayl says there are too many suffering and dying from the disease to ... pay close attention and take action. The Pastor says that the root cause of all ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... MOOREFIELD, W.V. (PRWEB) , ... May 06, 2016 , ... ... by WestBow Press) shares accounts of dying patients who have allowed those holding vigil ... June E. Kuykendall, RN, BSN, CHPN, hopes to help readers spiritually and practically gain ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... PA (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... on long-acting injectables (LAIs), today announced a development collaboration with the ... to treat serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia. , LAI medicines can offer ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... TLC Laser Eye Centers announced today that ... eye center will now be called “Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, a TLC Laser ... the full-service facility to ensure that patients continue to receive the highest quality of ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 2016 , ... LELO has discovered many people are insecure about ... via email, social media and on the Volonté blog seeking advice about how to ... ‘normal’ or ‘correct’?” , While some methods are more common than others, there is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/5/2016)... May 5, 2016  Diagnostic imaging has been ... to concerns that these tests cause health care costs to ... imaging, as well as the adoption of new ... medical peripherals that help health care providers cut costs, while ... medical imaging is a renowned authorized reseller of the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... 5, 2016 Research ... "Europe Thalassaemia Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights ...      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ) ... and Competitive Landscape Highlights - 2016, provides ... epidemiology, Thalassaemia market valuations and forecast, Thalassaemia ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... NESS ZIONA, Israel , May ... BVXV, TASE: BVXV) announced today that BiondVax,s CEO, Dr. ... 2016 conference in New York City . ... presenting at 10:30am at Pioneers 2016, a conference presented by ... New York Palace Hotel. The BiondVax presentation that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: