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

Source: Kerr Total Care

That’s it…

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