The principle of single-use wristbands is one of the most important principles of medical wristband management practices.
Before admission, a nurse must wear an exclusive medical wristband for the patient. During the hospitalization, the patient cannot remove, replace, or mix them without permission. When the patient is discharged from the hospital, the doctor will issue a doctor's order to remove the wristband logo, and then the nurse on duty will remove the medical wristband. The removed wristband is destroyed by the nurse and cannot be reused for other patients.
In clinical practice, the principle of disposable use of wristbands makes the consumption of wristbands remain high. Some people put forward that whether throwing away wristbands after use will cause a waste of resources? Are there reusable medical wristbands?
There are many articles about "reusable medical wristbands". For example, some articles mention that the wristband is designed with a split structure, and the wristband is divided into two parts: the body and the information display body, and the information display part is detachable. When the information display part is contaminated or needs to be replaced, or even when the wristband is broken, it can be partially replaced and continued to be used.
Although there is research on "reusable medical wristbands", for now, the term "disposable wristbands" has taken root. The landing of "reusable medical wristbands" will take a long time to explore.
So why do hospitals have to strictly implement the principle of one-time use of wristbands? What problems can disposable wristbands help us solve?
1. Prevent the wristband from being abused and worn by mistake, and ensure that the object is unique
In daily care, due to the lack of attention of the patient to the wristband, there are cases where the wristband information is altered with a pen or the wristband is removed without permission. For example, patient A, who is about to be discharged from the hospital, brings his medical wrist to patient B in the same ward for use, which leads to the misdiagnosis of medical staff; or the patient is transferred to another ward for treatment, but the old wrist used in the previous ward The belt was not removed in time and was taken to a new ward, causing confusion among medical staff when identifying.
To prevent the occurrence of such accidents, it is necessary to implement "one person, one use" at all stages of the patient's hospitalization, so as to accurately identify the patient, improve work efficiency, and give patients timely treatment.
2. Block the risk of germ transmission that may exist in old wristbands
For some patients with infectious diseases, dander, sweat, sneeze and saliva are inevitably left on the wristband when they wear the wristband for a long time. There is no 100% guarantee that there is no risk of germ transmission. Therefore, adhering to the principle of one-time use of the wristband is also responsible for the life and health of the patient.
3. Prevent the information from being blurred and missing due to the repeated use of the wristband
There is currently no medical wristband on the market that can permanently store information. For some wristbands with substandard quality, the handwriting patterns on the wristbands have been blurred and incomplete during the patient's hospitalization, making it difficult to identify.
In order to ensure the clarity and completeness of the wristband information, for patients who need to be hospitalized for a long time, we do not recommend using the same wristband multiple times. Instead, the nurse on duty will replace the wristband with a new one within a certain period of time according to the usage of the wristband (Note: The information of the new wristband must be consistent with the old wristband, and the old wristband shall be destroyed by the hospital).
It is precisely because of the principle of one-time use of wristbands that medical staff can ensure the accuracy of patient identification, promote the orderly implementation of the hospital personnel identification management system, and allow patients to pass the hospitalization period with peace of mind.