According to statistics medical accidents and errors generate huge expenses worldwide each year. And not only does the ill-use of medical equipment and supplies lead to enormous financial costs, but it can also lead to life-endangering consequences for those involved and put their health and well-being at serious risk.
Because even the smallest mistake can lead to a dangerous situation when it comes to using medical supplies and equipment in the everyday environment, it is very important to apply some basic safety procedures and use caution when working with medical supplies to try and prevent accidents.
If you are using a specific type of medical supply or equipment it is important to be knowledgeable about all its aspects. We usually only focus on its advantages and the positive impact it will have, but it is also important to know and understand its drawbacks. This is especially true with medication, but even ointments and medicinally-impregnated bandages and plasters should be thoroughly studied and the side-effects identified and understood.
When using medical tools, even just the simple tools in a First Aid Kit, it is of utmost importance to ensure that everything is kept properly sterilized. Many times the over -or under utilization of a medical tool can result in the improper management of its cleaning, and an inadequately sterilized tool may still contain bacteria and other deadly germs that can worsen the injury or the sensitive skin of the next patient since he/she is already in a vulnerable state.
Use Only as Intended
Medical supplies and tools are meant to be used for a single purpose only. I have witnessed instances where, in the work place, people would ask to borrow the First Aid supplies to attend to cosmetic problems, such as using the First Aid Scissors to clip their nails, safety pins to adjust their clothes, etc.
First Aid Kit contents are intended to be used for medical emergencies, and should only be used for such. Improper use for non-medical purposes may only result in the equipment being damaged or broken, contaminated with pathogens, and simply never being returned.
When attending to First Aid situations it is important that the First Aider is qualified and knowledgeable and that he/she uses the correct and proper protection when working with a patient. This means Gloves and can also include items like Safety Goggles and Face Masks. These protective items were specifically designed to protect both the patient and the person attending to him/her and should under no circumstances be ignored because the First Aider might think the treatment will just be “a quick thing” of little danger or contamination possibility. But contamination from not using protection or using protection incorrectly probably accounts for the largest percentage of medical accidents every day.
Store As Recommended
Various medical supplies indicate how they need to be stored when not being used. In the majority of cases, supplies should be kept in a cool, dry area, out of direct sunlight. Keeping medical supplies in a dry area means that they should not be kept in bathrooms where there is warmth and humidity. Nonetheless, make sure that you store them as recommended so that the supplies and equipment do not lose their effectiveness or become damaged over time.
Finally, one of the most important things to consider when purchasing medical supplies and equipment is to use a trusted seller with a solid reputation in the industry. Do your research thoroughly to ensure the supplier stocks quality products that they will guarantee in case it fails. If you follow all the instructions and use caution when working with medical supplies then you will certainly be able to significantly prevent and reduce the number of medical accidents and errors.