Today’s healthcare providers are facing major challenges delivering effective care promptly and efficiently. With medical professionals stretched to the limit and more patients entering the healthcare system each year, hospitals are looking for ways to provide more effective care without breaking their budgets. For operating rooms and emergency rooms, these challenges are particularly pressing as they face ever increasing demands on their time and resources.
Challenges Facing Operating Rooms
More than 50 million surgical procedures are performed in the United States every year. This figure is expected to increase in the future as the “baby boomer” generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) continues to age. By 2030, more than 60% of them are expected to be managing more than one chronic condition, leading to as many as twice the number of hospital admissions and physical visits.
Hospitals, unfortunately, are facing an additional set of problems in the form of shrinking budgets and personnel shortages. In order to deal with the increasing number of surgeries, they must identify strategies that allow them to turn beds over quickly and schedule procedures more efficiently. Anything that frees up the time and availability of existing resources could help ORs to overcome these challenges.
Challenges Facing Emergency Rooms
Time is always a struggle in the emergency room. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the average wait time for all visits in 2014 was about 30 minutes, with the average treatment time running well over 90 minutes. Naturally, ER wait times are contingent upon the severity of each case. Patients with immediate and emergent needs face shorter wait times, but also have much longer treatment times. But even patients with urgent needs faced about 30-minute wait times with treatment times lasting more than two hours.
As the American College of Emergency Physicians has pointed out, these long waits can contribute to negative, even dangerous, patient outcomes. In addition to the obvious concern that a patient’s condition can deteriorate if they’re forced to wait too long to receive treatment, many ER patients get tired of waiting and leave without receiving any treatment at all. This leads to easily treatable problems getting worse before the patient is eventually forced to return. With emergency departments already facing personnel and bed shortages, hospitals need to find ways to shorten treatment times if they’re going to avoid being over capacity.
Sutures and Surgical Closure Time
When hospital personnel are overwhelmed with demands on their time, any changes that have an impact on the margins can be profoundly beneficial. Saving a few minutes on each surgical procedure may not seem like much, but over the course of a day, it could mean seeing an additional patient or two.
One area that presents a clear opportunity for freeing up time for OR/ER doctors is surgical closure. Traditional sutures have been the preferred closure modality for surgeons for decades, but they present a few significant problems. In the first place, they occupy an unusual position in that they’re not the ideal use of a surgeon’s time, but are too invasive to be applied by anyone other than a doctor or physician assistant. Furthermore, sutures introduce the significant risk of needlestick, which can lead to a range of unpleasant outcomes. In some cases, sutures (and more often staples) must be removed, requiring a return visit to be scheduled, which places another demand on already overburdened doctors.
BandGrip: The Faster, Simpler Closure Solution
Fortunately, sutures are no longer the only option for effective surgical closure. BandGrip Micro-Anchor Skin Closures provide a faster and simpler solution that has the potential to revolutionize hospital surgery care. With patented micro-anchor hooks that grip the skin tightly to facilitate a secure wound closure, BandGrip can be applied quickly and effectively by any medical professional. Rather than spending their valuable time closing after surgery, OR/ER doctors can move on to their next procedure while a surgical assistant or even a nurse practitioner closes with BandGrip.
Simple and intuitive to use, the device can be applied in less than 30 seconds, or about the time it takes to insert and secure a single suture stitch. BandGrip can be tiled to close larger incisions, making it a versatile closure solution. Since patients can remove it without having to schedule a return appointment, BandGrip also helps to free up time that would otherwise be used on post-surgery follow-ups.
By reducing closure time and eliminating the need for return appointments, BandGrip Micro-Anchor Skin Closures can free up OR/ER doctors to tend to more patients during the course of the day. This will allow hospitals to schedule more surgical procedures and help emergency rooms to reduce both wait and treatment times, all while delivering better closure results. To see how BandGrip can revolutionize the way surgeons approach wound closure, request a free sample today.