You all know the scenario, right?
Your patient is bleeding or vomiting or having some sort of dynamic eruption of multi-resistant organisms, and you need some examination gloves….like now.
Or perhaps you are being assessed on your venipuncture or cannulation technique, and after a perfect preparation and hand wash, you reach over to grab some gloves…..
But here is where everything you hate about design functionality in the health system conspires against you.
This box of gloves is just not designed to help the healthcare professional. It does not make our jobs easier, or save us time. It is not elegant, it does not make us more efficiant. Nor does it improve the quality of care we deliver to our patients. No. It is designed to be a box that has has a whole bunch of Nitrile Examination gloves squirted into it to take up as much volume as possible.
So as you grab a bit of blue glove extruding from the bulging opening slot….
One or more of the following annoyances will occur:
- You will end up with 6 pairs of gloves that come free, requiring you to stuff them back into the box or throw them straight into a bin.
- At least 4 or 5 gloves pour onto the floor.
- The edges of the dispensing slot tear ( you can see the tear forming in the top pic) so that when the next person pulls out a glove, the entire contents of the box will spill to the floor like some blue flutter of botoxed butterflies.
- You will say a bad word.
Despite what product design teams (and perhaps the entire health system for that matter) may assume, last time I had time to count, most doctors and nurses only have 2 hands. Perhaps its hard to see, ’cause they are always articulating in such blurred and ziz-zagged motions. Or perhaps ’cause we are so often carrying (or covered in, or up to our elbows in) yucky bodily fluids, so you haven’t really wanted to look. But we only have 2.
Therefore when reaching for some examination gloves, they will require two. No more.