April 27, 2023

Device significantly improves bulk-packaged ECG electrode expiration tracking compliance

Editor's Note

A study led by researchers at Icahn School of Medicine in Mount Sinai, New York, finds use of a timed storage and dispensing device for bulk-packaged electrocardiography (ECG) electrodes significantly improves compliance.

The study included seven operating rooms (ORs) that used a bin with an automated countdown timer to store and dispense open bulk-packaged ECG electrodes, which require special expiration tracking. The ORs were inspected thrice before and after implementation of the device, and compliance was recorded with each inspection.

Prior to using the device, compliance has been inconsistent. Only 14.3% (3 of 21) of inspections were found in compliance during the initial phase. Following device implementation, compliance increased significantly to 95.2% (20 of 21) of inspections.

In addition to the improved compliance, the authors conclude the device, “has the potential to reduce supply cost, packaging waste, and inconvenience compared with individually wrapped electrodes.”

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