In the medical industry, we do the things that are medically necessary to save and improve the quality of the lives of our patients. Evidence has shown that making procedures as comfortable as possible for our patients help improve patient satisfaction and can help improve healing time and reduce stress and anxiety. Using surgical lubricants during uncomfortable procedures goes a long way in improving patient comfort, but there is more to it than that. Join us in today’s post as we review some of the medically-indicated reasons we use surgical lubricants for invasive procedures.
The list of reasons to use surgical lubricant during invasive procedures would not be complete without the mention of patient comfort. Patient comfort is important for a lot of reasons. Not only does it reduce the fear and anxiety related to the procedure, but it also helps the patient relax during the procedure, which makes the whole process easier for everyone included. Research has also shown that patient comfort is important to the healing and recovery process.
Maintain Tissue Integrity
The main reason that surgical lubricants are used in procedures where devices are inserted into a body cavity is to maintain tissues integrity. Without the smooth sliding action that lubricants provide, especially in mucosal cavities, the sensitive tissues in these areas, that are not used to the friction of foreign objects. Maintaining skin integrity is important for several reasons.
Compromised tissue integrity created a vulnerability in the body’s defense system, leaving it susceptible to infection. In areas, such as the rectum, the nature of the cavity exposes the tissues to bacteria and other pathogens that can easily cause infection if they able to permeate the immune barrier. Areas of friction — such as those caused by an unlubricated scope insertion — create the ideal conditions for bacteria to infiltrate the defense system.
Prevent blood loss
Blood loss is never the goal of an invasive procedure, however, in procedures where a medical instrument is inserted into a body cavity or orifice, there is the potential to scrape the fragile mucosal walls, causing bleeding. Minor bleeding from friction or tissue puncture may not be a problem, but can still cause an uncomfortable scab or raw area. However, for those with bleeding disorders or in situations where bleeding may not be detected or stopped easily it could lead to big problems.
Lubricating body cavities or orifices, as well as the devices that will be inserted into them, is best practice in any setting — emergency or routine. Surgilube® Surgical Lubricant by HR Pharmaceuticals is one of the top lubricating jellies available on the market. Available in a variety of sizes and packaging, our surgical lubricant is easy to use at the ready in any situation or for any procedure. Our paraben-free, latex-free, and water-based formula makes it safe for use on any patient in any body cavity. The high viscosity and clear, anti-tacky properties make it comfortable for your patients and discourage interference while performing the procedure for you. To order your supply of Surgilube, browse our online inventory today!