Will the SplashCap fit the irrigation bottle I use?
Yes. Only the SplashCap fits all the 250ml, 500ml and 1000ml bottles manufactured by Baxter, Hospira and BBraun.
EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY:
Why should I use the SplashCap instead of the syringe shield I am more familiar with?
The SplashCap allows you to deliver hundreds of ml’s of irrigation fluid directly to a wound in seconds. Simply twist the SplashCap on an irrigation bottle and squeeze. Its that Simple!
With a syringe shield you must find and open a syringe, find and open a basin, find and open an irrigation bottle and pour the irrigation solution in the basin; then tediously and repetitively draw up the solution, attach the shield to the syringe, discharge the fluid from the syringe, disconnect the shield from the syringe; draw up the solution, attach the shield to the syringe, discharge the fluid from the syringe, disconnect the shield from the syringe; Using a 20cc syringe you’d have to do this 25 times to deliver 500cc. On the other hand... The SplashCap can deliver that same volume in seconds!
Instead of using a syringe shield, I frequently poke a hole in the bottle cap of an irrigation bottle. Why should I use the SplashCap instead?
Clinicians have been using this technique for wound irrigation since at least the early 90’s. Unfortunately, when using this technique there is no splash protection for the clinician or patient. This violates the principles of universal precautions. It poses an infectious risk to the clinician doing the irrigating with the bottle as well as any assistants with the procedure.
In addition to these obvious infectious disease issues, if you are squeezing the bottle hard, the blood splatter is gets everyone’s clothing messy as well. And if you aren’t squeezing hard to generate a splatter, you aren’t generating higher pressures which are suggested for better wound cleaning.
Another concern is that some of the irrigation bottles are thicker than others and some needles are weaker than others. The needles often bend, crumple or break. Poking a hole in the bottle cap leads to the risk of a needlestick injury. Even if its a clean one, you have to explain to your patients why your blood is oozing through the bandage. And it hurts. And it slows you down.
Does the SplashCap generate enough pressure to irrigate a wound?
See the “What’s the PSI?” page of this website.
Won’t the irrigation bottle lose pressure as the volume of fluid gets lower?
After you squeeze the bottle, the plastics recoils and reinflates the bottle with more air. With the bottle upside down, the air will be above the remaining water and give you the same pressure when squeezed.