Waking Up Public Health Officials
We have just finished our exhibit with Public Health Officials at the National Assoc for City, County Health Officials (NACCHO) http://www.nacchoannual.org/ in Phoenix, AZ..
It was a very busy show for us with a lot of curious people coming to our table to figure out why a body bag mfg would be exhibiting at their event.
I was prepared to explain the features and benefits of our fantastic products but quickly realized that this group of highly influential government employees had no idea why a containment body bag would have any purpose in their professional lives.
I immediately adjusted my talking points by asking each person that came to the table “What is your county’s plan or procedure for dealing with lethally infectious human remains?.
Not one person could provide an answer.
I then explained to them that the Public Health officials in Dallas County, Texas also did not have an answer when their Ebola victim incident blew up in their faces last year and that circumstance is what led to the health care workers being exposed to lethally infectious human remains.
To their credit, this group changed their attitudes and demeanor on the spot. They requested more information and some went to their colleges and told them to go to our exhibit and hear what was being said about Public Health and Post Mortem Infection Prevention.
It turned out to be a very rewarding experience for us and for them.
Personal Protection Failure
I am rethinking our product performance statements after viewing this 60 Minutes story about the personal protection failure in the employee clothing, in which they reported that one of the largest PPE suppliers is being sued due to product failure during the Ebola response event at Texas Presbyterian Hospital.
Here is the link to the 60 Minutes story: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-investigates-medical-gear-sold-during-ebola-crisis/
Their coverage was on the caregivers in the Ebola incident at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital. They claim that the personal protection gowns, head covers and booties worn by the caregivers did not perform as claimed and in fact leaked in such a way as to permit the infectious atmosphere into their gowns.
How can the manufacturer know that the PPE was doffed correctly? He doesn’t. What the manufacturer warranties is the performance of the material utilized in the creation of the gowns, head covers, etc. The manufacturer knows the performance of his material but has no control over how the gowns are utilized by the caregivers.
This is very similar to the “soap pods” issue that is happening now.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/25/health/laundry-detergent-packets-dangers/ The soap manufacturer never intended the soap pods to be eaten so how can he be held responsible for how the consumer utilizes his product?
Should one of our body bags fail and in that failing a care giver would be exposed to an infectious human remains then more than likely we could be liable for the exposure, but how could anyone prove that the care givers condition came from our product or someone else’s product failing to perform?
We have proven that when the BioSeal System is correctly heat sealed then it will work perfectly and protect absolutely. It is only when someone (operator) gets in a hurry and doesn’t take the time to make good heat seals that the product can leak.
This is the type of stuff that keeps small business people awake at night.