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10 Ways that Individually-Wrapped Components Save Lives in Overcrowded ERs

10 Ways that Individually-Wrapped Components Save Lives in Overcrowded ERs

In emergency rooms across the nation, space is at a premium. As personnel quickly make necessary adjustments to accommodate urgent intakes, any available space often becomes cluttered. When spaces are packed to the brim, and medical personnel are racing to beat the clock, components may be at risk of becoming contaminated and dangerous to use. Individually-wrapped components can help.

Sadly, dirty components in various ERs have put lives on the line, endangering patients who become innocent victims to dirty equipment. But it’s not inevitable for components to become contaminated.

Individually-wrapped components can help save lives in emergency rooms, in these critical ways:


1. Medical Personnel Can Be Completely Confident That the Component Hasn’t yet Been Used

An emergency room is an extremely hectic place, and individually-wrapped components provide peace of mind to staff. Air-sealed wrappers provide a clearly-visible indication that the component is completely safe to use. Medical personnel shouldn’t have to engage in guesswork; they shouldn’t have to ask around the facility, or rely upon their memories to gauge whether a component is safe to use. Staff should be able to make a safety determination with a quick glance at the component, so that they can assess, with 100% accuracy, whether the component is fresh, sterile, and safe.


2. Medical Personnel Can Save Time – They Won’t Have to “Hunt Around” Around for Clean Components

Even a couple of seconds in a critical situation can save a life. When a component is individually-wrapped, staff can immediately grab it and put it to good use, rather than taking a walk to the storage container across the room. It shouldn’t be a difficult endeavor for staff to find clean components. Staff should be able to see that a piece is wrapped and immediately use it for its intended purpose.


3. Someone Trying to Be Helpful Won’t Accidentally Contaminate Components

A volunteer or junior staff member might try and create a sense of order in an overcrowded ER, arranging components in a way that makes them more visible and accessible. But in doing so, these people with good intentions might accidentally contaminate the components, and senior staff might be none the wiser. It shouldn’t be difficult for someone to come along and try to clean up a disorderly area. It doesn’t have to be difficult, when components are individually-wrapped and protected from contamination.


4. Individually-Wrapped Components Can Provide Patients With Peace of Mind

When patients arrive at the emergency room, they want to know that they’re in good hands. When they see unwrapped components dispersed over counter space, they might feel hesitant about the cleanliness of these items. This feeling of concern can carry over to the examination and/or procedure, making it more difficult for all parties involved. Patients often won’t voice their concerns about the cleanliness of the equipment, because they might not want to question medical personnel. But the concern might be present, though unspoken. On the other hand, if a patient observes that a practitioner is utilizing individually-wrapped equipment, it can automatically reduce some of the tension that might have otherwise affected the experience. A cooperative patient is more likely to have a successful outcome in the emergency room.


5. Risk If Individually-Wrapped Components Are Unwrapped

If emergency rooms store their components out of reach, in “secure” closets or bins, it might seem irrelevant to keep them wrapped. But it only takes a split-second for these components to accidentally become contaminated, as a member of staff accidentally reaches to grab something else, and then accidentally brushes up against the “secure” component in the meanwhile.


6. Individually-Wrapped Components Help to Protect Patients From Their Visitors

A relative or friend who accompanies a patient to the emergency room will likely be nervous, agitated, and generally worked-up. A person concerned about their loved one might not have the presence of mind to be aware of their surroundings. Such a visitor might accidentally bump into a counter and knock something down before a physician even enters the room; then the physician might be none the wiser, ignorant of the fact that the component has been contaminated. A visitor should be a help to a patient – not a hindrance, or even a danger. Individually-wrapped components help protect patients from the careless or unintentional moves of their family and friends.


7. Protect Young Patients From Themselves

Some patients in the ER, especially young children, might not be aware of the need to keep components clean. These young patients might pick up objects around them, thinking that they are toys. Components often look like toys, and a young person under distress might want to play with something as they wait. If a component is individually-wrapped, a young patient will be less likely to pick up that object and start playing with it, thus contaminating it.


8. It’s Easier to Transport Inside the Emergency Room

Individually-Wrapped Components


It’s not easy to transport traditional components when you’re trying to keep them clean, especially in the crowded environment of an emergency room. Individually-wrapped components take away the challenge of trying to quickly move items to where they are needed, as they will remain clean in their wrappers. It can be hard enough for staff to shift around boxes, carts, and unwieldy equipment across the cluttered space of an ER. Indeed, it shouldn’t be challenging to pick up one component and bring it to where it is urgently needed.


9. Save Time for Harried Staff

When components become contaminated in emergency rooms, that makes extra work and utilizes extra resources, unnecessarily. Individually-wrapped components allow staff members to focus on taking care of their patients, making sure that valuable personnel time is allocated exactly where it should be.


10. Patient-Focused Medical Staff

The more attention to the patient, the better. Individually-wrapped components reduce the concerns that staff might have about contaminated equipment, allowing them to focus in on important cues in the patient’s condition that they otherwise could have missed.


Learn More About Individually-Wrapped Components

obp is proud to provide individually-wrapped equipment to help save lives in emergency rooms. Indeed, patient safety is our number one priority. Contact us for more information about our products, and a sample.


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