The healthcare community is beginning to realize the serious threat posed by broken glass tubes. Cuts from contaminated glass pose a serious risk of transmitting hepatitis, HIV and other infectious diseases. Plastic blood collection tubes are the answer to this threat. Although plastic tubes have been around for over 10 years now, laboratories have been slow to convert. The conversion from glass to plastic has been slow due to a couple of different reasons.
Plastic blood collection tubes are perceived by management to be more expensive than glass. Five years ago this was a valid argument, but in today’s market it is untrue. Plastic tubes are the same or only marginally more expensive than their glass counterparts. Also plastic blood collection tubes weigh less than glass and can be more efficiently incinerated, reducing the facility’s biohazard waste costs.
Before converting to plastic blood collection tubes a parallel study between both glass and plastic tubes must be preformed to assure quality results. All laboratories are privey to published guidelines that clearly define the requirements for such studies. Yet, many laboratories view this as an extra cumbersome task.
The saving increases further when you consider the cost of treating an employee infected with an infectious disease due to exposure to glass sharps.
The conversion from glass to shatter resistant plastic blood collection tube is not only compelling but necessary for the safety of our phlebotomists. Today online sales of phlebotomy supplies including plastic blood collection tubes are helping to close the price gap between glass and plastic. Laboratory and mobile phlebotomist are now able to have direct access to these safety phlebotomy products.
The focus on safety should be priority number one. Industry wide conversion is upon us.
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By Dean Rockhold