Duct Tape Saves On Healthcare Costs-Can It Be That Simple?

red duct tape from thetapeworks.comA Midwestern Health Systems hospital is using red duct tape to create a “safe zone” for allowing hospital staff to communicate with isolated patients without having to don gloves and masks.

It appears that taping a three foot square just inside a patients door and having health care providers occupy the square when communicating with infectious patients is enough to insure the safety of the staff.

The hospital reported a savings of $110,000  in a single year and 2700 hours of staff time by being able to avoid “suiting up” in order to communicate with a patient.

A six dollar roll of red duct tape is enough to create 20 “safe zones” by simply outlining the space on the hospital room floor.

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