In last weeks blog we wrote about our latest product, the Anti-Embolism Stockings, and this week we will be continuing the same theme but we will be focusing on the the colour coding of the stockings.
Like many of our products, one reason why hospitals find our Anti-Embolism Stockings useful is because of the colour coding on them. In a busy ward where there are many patients, each patient is at risk of falling when they get out of bed, some more so than others, such as the elderly, but without going to each one individually it would be hard to know who is most at risk. This becomes even more problematic when you take into consideration that the nurses working on the ward will be working in shifts; the patients may be in the hospital 24/7 until they are better but the nurses will only be there a limited time and so when the replacement shift arrives, they need to know who is and who isn’t at risk. The easiest way to do this is by having colour coded products.
A large amount of hospitals in the UK now have strict colour coding guidelines for their patients, the colour may be different for each hospital but the system remains the same, if a patient is a fall risk then any product provided by a hospital will be a certain colour, for example our fall management socks, these come in yellow, red, purple, green and orange and generally speaking, a trust will only buy one colour which matches their current fall prevention policy. It is the same with our Anti-Embolism Stockings, they are colour coded so that hospital staff can spot patients at a distance that are at risk of falling without having to check up on their medical history while at the same time the patients do not feel as though they have been labelled.
All around this discreet method of identifying patients helps to make the patient safer from a visual point of view, and then with its additional features, such as the non-slip tread safe grip, the patients stay in hospital will be as safe as it can be.