It is important to label simulation supplies to warn clinicians that they are not safe for human use. The first examples that come to mind are fake or expired medications, non-functional equipment, and unsterile instruments.
Also consider how your AED trainers are labeled and stored. In an emergency, it would be quite easy to mistake the trainer for a real AED, which could cause a life-threatening delay in care.
Do you use EpiPen trainers? These look so similar to the real thing! A scary incident occurred at a middle school recently when a student injected real epinephrine (adrenaline) instead of the trainer.
We have had a steady stream of label orders on our website. The labels are also available for free download, so we are hopeful that the use of labels is increasing. We are pleased to see some progress in adoption of a standardized label.
During IMSH 2018, we visited several vendors in the exhibit hall. Many companies have warning labels on their products, but we are concerned that this remains inconsistent. We were quite pleased to learn that Wall-Cur has adopted the FHSS graphic on all their products!
We are interested to hear from you! Please share photos of your labels in use by sending them to us here, or post your photos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #tokeepsimsafe .