What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a hospital? The smell of sterilizing chemicals wafting through hallways painted in an off-white color? Nurses clothed in green scrubs hurrying from room to room to check on patients? A doctor sauntering down the hall, stethoscope around his neck, clipboard in hand?
Maybe if you’ve stayed in a hospital room, you think of tossing and turning in bed late into the night as lights flicker on and off out in the hall. The nurse walking in to take your vital signs just as you were about to fall back asleep. The dreaded anticipation of the surgery you’ll have to endure the next day, and the weeks of painful recovery.
So a hospital might not be the most pleasant place you’d think of visiting, but it is certainly a necessary part of our world to keep people healthy and alive. And we all deserve to know a little bit about how things function behind the scenes in the hospital. Maybe you’ve seen ER and other similar TV shows and have somewhat of an interest in life as part of a fast-paced medical facility. How does each worker handle the day-by-day stress and pressure of dealing with desperate patient after desperate patient?
For starters, a well-functioning hospital equips its employees with the tools that they need to do their job right. Come to think of it, that’s a key factor of any workplace worth its salt. Everything from high-tech equipment for ultrasounds to scalpels with minute but razor-sharp blades.
Also, sanitation should be stressed throughout a medical facility. The tiniest of germs could get onto a scalpel or needle and enter a patient’s bloodstream, inflicting him with a disease he definitely didn’t ask for when he came to the hospital. Workers, from surgeons to nurses to janitors, should always wash their hands thoroughly and wear latex gloves to prevent the spread of bacteria and other germs. Instruments should be cleaned thoroughly before each use.
When a patient has a tissue sample taken, that needs to be carefully taken care of so it can be preserved and tested. Some medical facilities use wire baskets to hold tissue samples as they are cleaned and examined. These stainless steel baskets can be made to just the right size and shape necessary to get the job done.
Three M Tool, a company based in York, PA, makes custom metal baskets for a variety of purposes. But the medical sector comprises a good number of the satisfied customers. From baskets to hold tools as they are being sanitized, to wire racks for holding lab samples ready to be tested, Three M gets the job done right, the way you want it, the way you need it.
So back to the hospital. You know the obvious tools and equipment that get the job done. But you don’t know everything behind the scenes—custom crafted or bulk wire baskets that help get the job done, keep the environment sanitary, and are a small but necessary part of the hospital.