Paintball Arm Guard

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Problem

Patients with behavioral health issues may try to physically injure clinicians including biting, clawing and scratching.  The current arm protection recommended for this use, Hex Armor Arm Guard, is expensive (~$55 per sleeve) and leaves a gap at the shoulder near arm pit where patients can get fingers around the sleeve.

MInnovation

Using Paint Ball Arm guards instead of the Hex Armor arm guards we currently purchase, provides adequate coverage of the arm from hand to upper arm at a reduced cost (~$45 per pair). Additional protection is given to the clinician through armor in the elbows and forearm.  These arm guards are more form fitting allowing for easier maneuverability.

Materials

Paintball Arm Guards

Contact MInnovations for make and model of arm guards Rebecca recommends.

Procedure:

Use the paintball arm guards in place of the Hex Armour arm guards.

Meet the MInnovator
Rebecca Landreth, MS, BSN, RN
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

How long have you been a nurse and how long at MedStar?
Rebecca: 21 1/2 years as a nurse and 24 years at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. I was a prn medical tech while in Nursing school.

Why did you choose Nursing instead of other clinical positions?
Rebecca: My father was a medivac pilot and as a little girl listening to his stories I wanted to help people get better. I felt being a nurse provided direct contact to the person in need of help and care. (Interestingly enough, after my father retired as a pilot, he went back to school and became a nurse himself...after I did).

What would you do if you weren’t doing this?
Rebecca: Before the decision of becoming a nurse, I thought about being a flight attendant.

What recent experience made you laugh or smile at work?
Rebecca: The departmental holiday celebration. It was so nice to have fellowship with the entire department, let our hair down and enjoy each other's company. And as a leader, it was nice to see the smiles on everyone else's faces.

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