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Why do hospitals need SECUR-ID™ tamper-evident bags for patients’ personal property?

Lost or misplaced patient property is a significant issue for most hospitals, in both staff time and money. Insurance claims related to lost patient property can involve thousands of dollars and days & weeks of administrative processing. The SECUR-ID™ Patient Property Bags with its unique, barcode ID number, tamper-evident seal and tear-away wrist receipt offer a safe & secure means to protect a patient’s personal property while they’re in the hospital.

Are there other benefits for hospitals to use the SECUR-ID™ patient property bags?

While many false claims of “lost” property are able to be resolved quickly, some claims proceed to legal action against the hospital. (Your Risk Management Department is a good source to confirm this issue.) As such, when a hospital uses SECUR-ID™ patient property bags, the bag’s unique barcode ID number, tamper-evident seal and “chain of custody” signature process provides documented proof that proper procedures were in place at the hospital and, furthermore, will assist Law Enforcement in their collecting and documenting of evidence to the hospital’s benefit.

How are the different SECUR-ID™ patient property bags used?

The SECUR-ID™ patient property bags come in two convenient sizes – small and large. The small bag is approximately 9 inches x 12 inches and is typically used to safely protect small personal articles like cell phones, wallets, glasses, jewelry, credit cards, etc. The large bag is approximately 19 inches x 20 inches and is typically used to safety protect ones clothes, shoes, purse, coat, etc. Both the small and large SECUR-ID™ patient property bags come packaged 250 bags per case.

What are the benefits of the SECUR-ID™ Pre-/Post Decon kits?

Whether an emergency incident scene (e.g. extreme weather event, chemical spill, terrorist attack, etc.) or outside of a hospital, an important key to the successful processing of ambulatory individuals through a decontamination process is a simple & easy-to-understand tool to quickly move people through the triage process. Moreover, it’s important to note that in high stress situations, that successful processing can be hindered by the following:

  • People will be confused.
  • People will be upset, agitated and, maybe, terrified by the event and the “unknowns.”
  • People will most likely have never been trained, nor had any experience in the aftermath of an emergency incident.
  • People may not understand verbal instructions in any language other than their own.
  • People will be alarmed at the sight of a First Responder or Receiver who might be wearing a respirator mask. Moreover, the respirator mask can muffle and block verbal instructions.

To that end, people will be more cooperative and the whole process will run better when they are given a tool to answer those needs – the SECUR-ID™ Pre-/Post Decon Kit.

The SECUR-ID™ pre-/post decon kit comes in three sizes – youth, adult & large adult – containing a “saddlebag” package, with Pre-Decon (red section) and Post-Decon (green section) kits to walk the individual through the entire decontamination process.

The SECUR-ID™ Pre-Decon kit includes:

  • Step-by-step pictogram instructions
  • Red modesty cover
  • Two (2) property bags (small for valuables and large for clothing & shoes)

After processing and/or going through decontamination, the individual then uses the SECUR-ID™ Post-Decon Kit, which includes:

  • Step-by-step pictogram instructions
  • Towel(s)
  • Green modesty cover
  • Booties
  • Comb

Greenwich Safety’s SECUR-ID™ pre-/post decon kit provides a clear, concise and secure means of helping people through incident or hospital processing, while limiting the opportunity for lost possessions.

What if the large SECUR-ID™ patient property bag isn’t big enough?

In some cases, a patient may enter the hospital with all they own or, at least, much more property than can fit in one large SECUR-ID™ patient property bag. In those instances, some hospitals will utilize more than one large SECUR-ID™ patient property bag. For simplicity, though, a better approach would be to use the SECUR-ID™ AYS Kit. This AYS kit includes a small SECUR-ID™ patient property bag for those same small articles, listed above, and an extra large, 30 inches x 60 inches clear bag to hold the small SECUR-ID™ patient property bag and everything else. The entire kit is then safely sealed with a SECUR-ID™ tamper-evident pull-thru, plastic tie.

How do the SECUR-ID™ decon bags minimize lost property?

The opportunity and liability for an individual’s lost or misplaced property demands a means by which a person’s clothing and valuables can be securely stored and tracked. To address that critical need, the SECUR-ID™ pre-/post decon kit utilizes the patented, SECUR-ID™, tamper-evident technology whereby the person’s belongings are sealed in bags with unique identifying serial numbers. The two bags are:

Small Bag

  • To hold one (1) person’s small valuables
  • Unique, ID number & bar code on bag and wrist receipt connects individual with their property
  • Wrist receipt tears away
  • Patented tamper-evident closure provides security
  • Step-by-step pictogram instructions
  • Inert materials
  • 12.5”W x 21”H

Large Bag

  • To hold one (1) person’s clothes and shoes
  • Unique, ID number & bar code on bag and wrist receipt connects individual with their property
  • Wrist receipt tears away
  • Patented tamper-evident closure provides security
  • Step-by-step pictogram instructions
  • Inert materials
  • 21”W x 28”H

What can the hospital or emergency unit do to protect a patient’s “personal” privacy?

In a stressful emergency incident, a person needs to feel comfortable that their property is being protected and that their personal dignity is being protected too. While there may be some people who might be willing to “bare all”, many people will not and it doesn’t take too many people resisting the system to slow it down. As such, the SECUR-ID™ pre-/post decon kit includes a red (for pre-decon) and green (for post-decon) modesty cover made of heavy-duty, opaque material so that the individual will be confident that their personal dignity is being cared for by the hospital or emergency unit.

How many SECUR-ID™ Pre-/Post Decon Kits are needed?

As we help various organizations plan for emergency incidents, most “non-ambulatory” victims will typically receive initial medical care at the scene, including decontamination, then be transported to hospitals. Conversely, the vast majority of “ambulatory” victims will rush to their nearest hospital for care and attention. Depending on the emergency, an average facility should expect a surge that equals 1.5 to 2.0 ambulatory victims per hospital bed. As such, a 500-bed facility would see the need for 750 to 1,000 kits, with a plan to move up additional supplies from unaffected hospitals and/or a regional back up cache.

What sizes of SECUR-ID™ Pre-/Post Decon Kits are needed?

People come in a great range of sizes. We suggest that the size mix be 10% Youth, 40% Adult, and 50% Large Adult.

When should we only use the SECUR-ID™ Pre-Decon Kits or SECUR-ID™ Post-Decon Kits?

Some emergency agencies, fire departments or hospitals will develop their emergency preparedness plan as a group with other emergency agencies, fire departments or hospitals. Some hospitals will go so far as to have pre-decon handled by one department (e.g. the ER) and post-decon handled by a different department. In so doing, they can delineate responsibilities among all the participants and divide up the supplies to be shared by all the members of the group.

What is the benefit of one choice over the other?

The SECUR-ID™ pre-/post decon kits (vs. the SECUR-ID™ pre-decon kit or SECUR-ID™ post-decon kit alone) will allow faster processing of individuals in any emergency incident. The affected individuals will cover up and bag their property while waiting in line before entering the next step, thus reducing, on average, 90+ seconds time in the first stage of the process. With 500 affected individuals, that faster processing would save 750 minutes or a total of 6 hours in a 2-line system.