Hospital prevents infection with duct tape

The infection team at Trinity Regional Health System on the Illinois/Iowa border is using an inexpensive, low-tech tool to prevent hospital-acquired infections: duct tape. The hospital's "Red Box" project involves creating a three-foot square area of space from the threshold of the patient's room with store-bought red duct tape, reports HealthLeaders Media. Staff can stand within that safe zone to communicate with the isolated patient. So far, the duct tape safe zone has saved 2,700 hours of personnel time and $110,000 a year in avoided purchase of gowns and gloves. Article

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