Healthcare workers battling the coronavirus crisis have found an unlikely new ally in the fight: a paper bag.
With supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) limited, preservation and extending the use of disposable masks has become a priority. An important tool in the fight to prevent potentially dangerous cross-contamination is the simple paper bag – a perfect option for between-use storage of PPE like masks.
Why is a paper bag the best option for PPE storage?
- Breathable – Paper dries out over time, preventing the growth of bacteria.
- Isolated – Each bag is a separate container, providing a barrier between masks when stored between shifts. If masks can’t touch, they can’t cross-contaminate.
- Writable – Paper can be easily labeled and marked for identification and date-keeping.
- Durable – A solid paper bag can last between multiple uses.
- Disposable – When their job is done, a paper bag can be disposed of easily and compactly.
Different types of paper bags are perfect for different uses. For example:
SOS / Lunch Bags: PPE Storage
Smaller, lunch bags – aka “SOS Bags” – are a perfect single-mask solution. Featuring a sturdy squared bottom that will stand on its own on a shelf or table, SOS Bags are a perfect option for storing masks during lunch or between shifts.
Handled Shopping Bags: Mask Reuse
The round handles of Handled Shopping Bags are a surprisingly ideal place to hang a PPE mask between uses – safely storing it within the inside of the bag. Plus, the handles allow for a stored mask to be placed on a door handle or other hook or hanger with a minimum of touch required.
As with all paper bags, these Handled Shopping Bags can also be marked with vital info like the mask wearer, patient / room info, dates, and indicators for multiple uses.
Wide Gusset Bags: Between Uses
A great “bag for bags,” Wide Gusset Storage Bags provide a more robust interior area to store multiple SOS or Hanging Bags within, as needed.
Storing a shifts’ worth of masks can go from perilous to possible with a single Wide Gusset Bag.
Keeping masks – and their wearers – safe from cross-contamination is as vital as ever and paper bags might just be the right tool for the job!
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