Hospital switches to disposable blood pressure cuffs to prevent infections
Patient Safety Monitor Insider
February 25, 2009
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY, has started to use disposable blood pressure cuffs in an effort to reduce the spread of infections, reports The Post-Standard. The cuff, which uses the brand name "FlexiPort," easily attaches to the many tubes and electronic blood pressure machines throughout the hospital. This prevents the spread of infection because each patient requires only one blood pressure cuff throughout his or her stay. Patients' names are written on the cuffs to identify their owners.
Previously, patients would use blood pressure cuffs that a number of other patients throughout the hospital may have used. Additionally, nurses no longer need to spend time looking for the correct size cuff for each patient.