Skip to comments.Duct Tape Can Even Be Used in the Fight Against Infectious Disease
Posted on 06/28/2011 9:03:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Duct tape is there no end to its usefulness? Apparently not. Now we learn that using duct tape in hospitals could be a tool in the fight against infectious disease. Call it a handymans quarantine.
An infection-prevention team at Trinity Medical Center in the Quad Cities along the Illinois and Iowa border, wanted to create safe zones in which healthcare workers could talk to patients with infectious diseases. So they used 3-foot squares of red duct tape to indicate where precisely that zone was located.
As explained in a news release from the Assn. for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology:
The study revealed that by utilizing this safe zone, their hospitals were able to save time, money in unused gowns and gloves, and that the quality and frequency of communication between healthcare professionals and isolated patients increased.
Duct tape, even the snazzy red kind, is significantly cheaper than protective gear, such as gowns and gloves, that workers would normally wear to converse with patients.
The research team presented the results of its study this week at a conference of the association.
But duct tapes use in the medical setting certainly isnt limited to squares on the floor.
The stuff makes a quick-and-dirty adhesive when you cant find a bandage, reports this Readers Digest guide:
Youve gotten a bad scrape. Heres how to protect it until you get a proper bandage. Fold tissue paper or paper towel to cover the wound and cover this with duct tape. It may not be attractive, but it works in a jam.
And TheZac.com/ducttape/ offers 101 uses for duct tape (plus or minus 70 or 80). Here are just a few of the potential medical applications:
(Excerpt) Read more at dailypress.com ...
My niece gets these funky warts on her toes. Her fix for it is duct tape. She wraps it around toe and after a few days the wart for some reason comes right off with the tape.
Every man (not every male) knows that duct tape is what you bandage cuts with. It goes back to boy scout first aid. It is the largest item in a first aid kit. *But not those big,red rolls that cover 3 ft wide squares.
Universal first aid kit ... Vinegar and duct tape.
I have seen they guy whose month they tape shut.
Works also with the guy that snores at the cabin.
If women don't find you handsome....
The handyman’s secret weapon. (Red)
I have seen they guy whose month they tape shut.
Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
>> “Universal first aid kit ... Vinegar and duct tape.” <<
Good start, but add two more and you will have a complete field healing center:
Two dropper bottles, one full of a tincture of capsaicin, and the other with a tincture of lobelia.
The capsaicin is the ultimate treatment for a heart attack or a stroke; just dribble it under the tongue, even if the patient is unconsious, it still works, by dialating the arteries, and dissolving the clots.
The lobelia is the trick to stop a critical asthma attack.
The only problem is that you cannot buy them ready made, so you have to chop up habanero peppers and soak them in vodka for a month or so, and chop up lobelia seed pods and soak them also in vodka.
The duct tape is excellent for lacerations on arms or legs, and it leaves way less scarring than sutures do.
Everyone recognizes the sound of a 12 ga racking one in as well.
It's also great for keeping infectious people from getting too close...
Bettendorf, Davenport, Rock Island and Moline...
As a former paramedic (and retired police officer), just giving the basics.
I know this because I saw it on the Internet, and as we all know the Internet never lies .......
/disclaimer alert ;)
Here ya go ...
It also removes seed ticks, should you wander through a nest of them.
[Also serves as a bikini wax substitute in a pinch...]
How do you get it off without reopening the cut? Dissolve the adhesive with alcohol?
depends on where the laceration is...and lots of folks are allergic to the adhesive in duct tape.
Superglue works well on superficial cuts...clean it, dry it, apply superglue, then cover it with hypoallergenic tape.
The trick to removing duct tape is to make a “butterfly” =><= bandage to keep it closed....you apply the thicker area on both sides and only a thin area in the middle which goes over the laceration so when you remove it, only a little area of the scar is pulled off...
Caution: superglue glue hurts like H——...and you could end up with a scar.
and if the laceration is into the fat it might work, but if it’s deep into the fat, you might end up with a lot of blood in the fat area, that can end up infected....but if it’s into the muscle you have to suture the muscle closed too...and then there is always a danger of infection...
But is it as effective as Windex? (”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” reference)
If nothing else works, you can always duct tape the infectious person to the wall.
Peel longitudinally, never laterally.
The adheasive of the tape is also anti-bacterial, because it is designed to be used in applications that have high bacterial populations (return air ducts).
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