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Attention Walmart shoppers!… October 15, 2007

Posted by 5 Wester in General Announcements.


I love a bargain! Who doesn’t? You know what I’m talking about… You get in the store and that iPod is only $199, list price $299. Or you buy a pair of shoes and you get the second pair half off. We all like getting things for less, especially in today’s economy. However, you probably have heard this saying before, “you get what you paid for”, and for the most part this is always true. We often have this perception that we “save” money by getting cheap stuff, however, this is not the case.

Imagine working with a patient one day and your pair of vinyl gloves rip exposing your fingertips while you clean up a bloody wound, or like in my case, while I was replacing a patient’s GT feeding. Not good! It could have been worse… responding to a code brown and discovering that your index finger just got dabbed with who knows what while you were doing the clean up. Where did all the latex gloves go? I guess in their quest to save, they figured that cheap stuff is the way to go. I don’t think this helps, especially if you need to wear two pairs of gloves every time you work with your patient… that’s twice as much supplies that is needed to do a simple task. I just don’t find any justification for getting cheap stuff, especially if it is personal protective equipment. It’s like a police officer donning on a cheap bulletproof vest because it was “on sale”. This is suicide!

As repugnant as this may be, we still have to work with whatever we have. What do we do? Simple… jump on the bandwagon of saving a penny so we can waste more supplies, i.e., use twice as much supplies as you normally would need. Now I know why we have 3 sizes of gloves (large, medium, small) at all times… you put on the small gloves first, then the medium, then the large, then pray that they don’t rip on you while you do peri care! 🙂