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3 Risky Tourniquet Hacks You’ll Never Need to Use Again

Author: ERin Robinson (Territory Development Manager)

You’ve heard the term “hack” before. Miriam Webster defines a hack as a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently. In fact, there are companies that have been founded with the mission of creating content like “50 Simple Remodeling Hacks to Completely Transform Your Home” and “45 Kitchen Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner”. While I’m sure you’ve used hacks like the ones mentioned above to make your life easier, wouldn’t you agree that these do-it-yourself tips and tricks are best kept in your home and garden, rather than your medical care?

Below are 3 disposable tourniquet hacks that we’ve encountered over the years. Each of these hacks are associated with known patient safety risks, or at best, can lead to patient discomfort. Fortunately, we’ve worked with healthcare facilities for decades to create safe and effective solutions so that you’ll never need to ”hack” your disposable tourniquets again!

 

Hack #1: Tying 2 Adult Tourniquets Together for Bariatric Patients

PlatinumCode Solution: The standard length of adult tourniquets is 18 inches, but body types vary wildly. Unfortunately, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach doesn’t work in healthcare, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be a disposable tourniquet that fits each patient. Instead of tying two tourniquets together, potentially causing physical and emotional discomfort for the patient, use a longer, wider band like our 32 inch long Bariatric Tourniquet to respectfully accommodate the patient.

Hack #2: Cutting a Tourniquet in Half for Pediatric Patients

PlatinumCode Solution: As mentioned above, patients come in many shapes and sizes. A standard disposable tourniquet is often too large for pediatric patients and the most common “tourniquet hack” in the industry (cutting a tourniquet in half) is used to solve this problem. By using a single-use, disposable tourniquet that was made with pediatric patients in mind, you can use a band that is slightly narrower at 0.75 inches, and only 12 inches long. It’s the perfect size for pediatric patients, from toddlers to school-aged children! Cutting scissors out of this process (pun intended) not only saves time, but also eliminates the risk of introducing bacteria to the tourniquet, and subsequently the patient.

Hack #3: Using Rubber Bands or Gloves for Infant Patients

PlatinumCode Solution: The most shocking tourniquet hack I’ve ever heard of is using rubber bands in place of tourniquets for the littlest patients of all: infants. Not only was it hard to hear, but I could tell it was hard for the clinician to share. Beyond the use of rubber bands, I’ve heard from care providers that the fingertip cut from an exam glove also makes a ‘great’ substitute in a pinch. Instead, why not use a tourniquet made with tiny patients in mind, like PlatinumCode Infant Tourniquets? Not only are these tourniquets soft in texture and ready-made for tiny limbs, but you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination from scissors, potential latex allergies from other materials, or the risk of a leave-on accident due to non-tourniquet materials blending in.

Given the fact that hacks are meant to improve efficiency, maybe the real hack is using products that do all the work for you? With a specialty size tourniquet for every class of patient, we’ve made your new tourniquet hacks safe, efficient, and easy.

Do you want to test out this new hack free of charge? Simply request samples of any of our non-latex disposable tourniquets via the form below and we’ll send some out! 

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How to Select a Wristband for Your Healthcare Needs

As COVID-19 continues to spread worldwide, solutions that support the ever-growing workload of your healthcare facility are critical. Platinum Code is here to quickly provide you with cost-effective wristbands and labels that you need at this overwhelming time. We have a variety of color-coded options for screening and triage, patient admitting, and COVID-19 testing.

Author: Ray Bernard (Director, Inside Sales & Customer Service at PlatinumCode)

Patient ID Bands… I know what you may be thinking, “So what?” While it’s true that patient ID bands tend to be looked upon as a simple commodity product used to identify patients, it can be argued that patient ID bands are one of the most important things that ever come in contact with a patient during their hospital stay. 

It’s a sobering fact that the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer, is medical errors.1 While not all of them are tied to misidentified patients, a significant amount of these medical errors are related to patient IDs and 100% of them are preventable.2

Fortunately, providers can easily avoid patient ID errors by following proper process combined with the correct ID band.  As a leading supplier of patient ID bands in the U.S., PlatinumCode offers a wide variety of quality solutions.  Experience tells us that providers looking to make a change tend to fall into 2 categories:

  1. Providers who have already chosen a band that works for them but are either paying too much or having quality/service issues.
  2. Providers concerned the band they are using isn’t meeting their need and/or they have experienced patient safety issues relating to proper patient identification.

The first provider category is simple to resolve.  PlatinumCode carries a wide variety of quality wristbands.  Ranging from traditional poly or vinyl bands to high-tech laser and direct thermal bands. We offer free samples for our customers to confirm quality and usability, guarantee customer satisfaction, and can provide savings of up to 30%!

The second provider category is a little more complex, but PlatinumCode has a proven needs assessment to ensure all facility requirements are captured.

Click here to take our needs assessment survey.

Depending on your answers to these questions, PlatinumCode can recommend the perfect ID band option to meet your needs, including:

Laser Bands – Known for their convenience, laser bands have become the band of choice for thousands of providers. The wristband is integrated into an 8.5”x11” sheet that typically includes chart labels that remain in the patient chart after the wristband is removed and attached to the patient.

Direct Thermal Bands – Another popular choice among healthcare providers, this band is a favorite due to low cost and high-print quality. Direct Thermal bands do not require toner, ink or ribbons to print. Instead, specially-treated materials use heat to create a clear and durable image. 

Vinyl or Poly Bands – Also known as the “classic,” these ID bands have been used successfully in healthcare for decades. Available in a variety of styles including:

  1. Shield or Fold-Over (provides a mylar overlay protecting patient data)
  2. Write-On
  3. Imprinter
  4. Insert

Tyvek Bands – A favorite for outpatient use, these bands provide a simple and easy solution ideal for outpatient surgery centers or other situations where the patient needs to be banded for a short period of time.

To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us or visit our website at www.platinumcode.us.

 

References:

  1. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/medical-errors-are-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-the-us
  2. Dale, J. C., & Renner, S. W. (1997). Wristband Errors in Small Hospitals: A College of American Pathologists’ Q-Probes Study of Quality Issues in Patient Identification. Laboratory Medicine, 28(3), 203–207. doi: 10.1093/labmed/28.3.203