Choosing Barrier Sleeves
Barrier sleeves are a layer placed on commonly touched objects to prevent penetration of pathogens and fluids. There are all sorts of sleeves from air/water syringe sleeves to chair sleeves. These are most commonly plastic and thus just need a few pointers for deciding.
What Makes a Good Sleeve?
Ultimately it’s about patient safety. Here are the guidelines for deciding:
Is it slippery? Sleeves that are slippery are either very difficult to work with, or are very uncomfortable for patients, in the case of chair sleeves
Is sleeve penetrable? See below