BASS Discovers New Use for Fluid Control Mat

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BASS Found to Help Reduce Worker's Comp Injuries in Surgery

The BASS, a mat used to keep the floor dry during surgical procedures can help prevent slips and falls in the operating room.

Recent reports from hospital and surgi-center clients have indicated The BASS Fluid Control System (BASS), a mat used to keep the floor dry during surgical procedures, can be helpful in preventing slips and falls in the operating room.

In Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers, a publication by the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, says “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics [2009], the incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips, trips, and falls (STFs) on the same level in hospitals was 38.2 per 10,000 employees, which was 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined (20.1 per 10,000 employees). STFs as a whole are the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in hospitals.”

The report went on to say “Research conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and its collaborators [Bell et al. 2008] has shown that implementing a comprehensive STF prevention program in hospitals can lead to significant declines in STF-related workers’ compensation claims. Researchers worked with hospital staff to design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive STF prevention program over a 10-year period from 1996 through 2005 in three acute-care hospitals. The hospitals’ total STF workers’ compensation claims declined 59% after implementing the comprehensive STF prevention program.

The BASS, from Birmingham, AL based BASS Medical, Inc. is made from a skid-resistant closed-cell foam that collects contains and eliminates contaminated fluid that would have otherwise been on the floor of the operating room helping to reduce possible slips and falls.

Julie Ryan, inventor of the BASS said, “After extensive testing, it was determined the mat needed to be large (62”x44”) in order to capture the liquid emanating from high-fluid volume surgical procedures. Most operating rooms use blankets and towels to soak up contaminated fluid during surgical procedures which in addition to wet floors, cause additional tripping and falling risks. And then during clean-up, someone has to lift heavy linen soaked with contaminated fluid and dispose of it which can cause more staff injuries in the form of back strain.” Ryan went on to say, “The BASS goes a step further in helping to protect OR staff by reducing the risk of blood-borne contaminants.”

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