Can Duct Tape Fight Infectious Diseases?


By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com

Duct Tape and Infectious Diseases

Can duct tape really fight infectious diseases? I had to read this twice when I saw the headline from the LA Times.

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duct tape and infectious disease

An infection-prevention team at Trinity Medical Center in the Quad Cities along the Illinois and Iowa border, wanted to create safe zones in which healthcare workers could talk to patients with infectious diseases. So they used 3-foot squares of red duct tape to indicate where precisely that zone was located.

As explained in a news release from the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology:

“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 and isolated patients increased.”

The duct tape actually helped save time and money for hospitals and healthcare professionals. Researchers said that this simple duct tape exercise helped save close to $110,000 and 2700 man hours in a year. It also helped boost the interaction between isolated patients and healthcare professionals.

Duct tape, even the snazzy red kind, is significantly cheaper than protective gear, such as gowns and gloves, that workers would normally wear to converse with patients.

Researchers said that this simple duct tape exercise helped save close to $110,000 and 2700 man hours in a year. It also helped boost the interaction between isolated patients and healthcare professionals.

The procedure received a blue ribbon from the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

So next time you see duct tape think of the quarantine room set-up – maybe it could be used in your home when someone has an infectious disease.

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I own and operate an online store that specializes in nursing scrubs, nursing uniforms, lab coats and clogs. The website includes New Balance, Gelscrubs, Jockey, Cherokee, Trend, White Swan, and the product line I am most proud of is a protecting fluid repelling scrub line from Vestex.
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