The old tool kit stand-by, duct tape, once again has come to the rescue, this time in a healthcare setting. The infection prevention team at Trinity Regional Health System, Rock Island, Ill., decided to create a three-foot “red box” safety zone of red duct tape on the floor outside the threshold of patients on isolation to make communication easier and cheaper, according to an abstract of a study on the effort.
Outliers: Some red tape that's useful
Instead of putting on masks and gowns before every interaction with patients on isolation, the study authors found that standing outside the red box and presumably yelling a bit—or at least speaking loudly—could work as well as going into the room dressed in costly and time-consuming protective gear, according to the abstract, set for release at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology in Baltimore on June 27.
The approach was used for about 30% of patient interactions in the testing of the strategy in 2009 and 2010, and the infection specialists estimated that the effort saved up to 2,700 work hours and $110,000 a year.
Let's see them add WD-40 to the mix and Outliers will be even more impressed.
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