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To Lube or Not to Lube

Lubricating jelly and medical lubricants have become a favored product for improving patient comfort during invasive procedures. The increase in patient comfort has led to improved patient outcomes and satisfaction with their medical services. This helps to reduce the fear and anxiety related to invasive medical procedures, leading to increased patient compliance and better healing. Just think, all of these positives from one simple product!

HR Pharmaceuticals is proud to offer HR Lubricating Jelly for personal and industrial use. It is a sterile, water-soluble, bacteriostatic lubricating jelly that is available in a variety of packaging and volumes. And, while we encourage widespread use of our amazing product, there are a few times when it is not advised you use it, or any other lube for that matter. Follow along in today’s post as we help clarify when and when you should not use lubricating jelly during medical exams or procedures.

When You Should Lube

For the most part, any invasive medical procedures that require you to insert a device or equipment into an orifice, you should lubricate the device. Some examples of procedures include (but are not limited to):

Nasopharyngeal airway (NPA) insertion
Feeding tube insertion
Endoscopy
Ultrasound
Reproductive procedures (will not harm sperm or alter vaginal flora)
Vaginal exam — digital, speculum, ultrasound wand
Rectal exam — digital, tube placement, enema, medication administration, disimpaction, or colonoscopy
Foley catheter insertion

For more in-depth information about these procedures and the use of surgical lubricant, read our article here.

When You Don’t Need Lubricant

Because of how proud we are of our superior medical lube, we hate to admit that there are times when you should refrain from using it, but it would be irresponsible of us to market it as a product that can be used in every procedure. Here are a few times that you shouldn’t use ours, or any other, lubricating jelly.

Airway insertion

Inserting an NPA requires lubrication because it enters the nose, a mucousy orifice. Not using a lubricant in this instance can cause considerable friction and damage to the airway. Oral airways including orotracheal intubation or oropharyngeal airway (OPA), do not require lubrication as it can enter the lungs and cause more harm than good.

Otoscope use

When looking in the ears with any device, it is not necessary, nor is it advised to use lubricant of any kind. The ear is a dry membrane and should never be penetrated. An otoscope, or auriscope, should only be inserted far enough to visualize the tympanic membrane and no further. Using any sort of fluid or lubricant can cause damage to the eardrum and is not advised unless otherwise ordered.

Venous access

Puncturing the skin for the purpose of venous access should never be accompanied by a lubricant of any kind. We understand your desire to want to make the procedure more comfortable and establish a way to make the needle cause as little friction or discomfort as possible, but this should be achieved by using the sharpest, highest-quality needles in the appropriate gauge. Lubricants are not intended to enter the circulatory system and should not be used for this purpose.

Procedures of the eye.

While HR Lubricating Jelly is safe for internal use, it should not be introduced into the eye. In the event of accidental eye exposure to our product, flush thoroughly with water.

We hope that this discussion has provided some clarification on the intended use of HR Lubricating Jelly. For more information, be sure to visit us online or contact us. For all of your lubricant needs, shop our entire product line today.

What To Look For In A Medical Lubricant Supplier

Choosing a provider for any medical supply requires careful consideration. After all, your patients depend upon you for quality service, which includes any supplies they will come into contact with during their visit. You do not want to settle for products that will let your patients down nor do you want products that your staff cannot count on.


When you are looking for a medical lubricant supplier, you are likely looking for a very specific quality and type of medical lubricant gel. Whether you are looking for something that is specifically latex free, kosher, water soluble, or other, you need to know you can trust the product you end up with in stock.

 

Before you order your next round of medical lubricant for your inventory, take the following qualities into consideration, all of which your medical lubricant supplier should portray.

A Company Requirement For Quality

If the medical lubricant supplier you are conversing with does not bring up quality as one of their top priorities, move on. Quality should be the backbone of their company and should be a value that is emphasized throughout their business. When choosing a medical lubricant, be sure you ask about what their quality commitment is and how that is upheld by their company.


Look into the details about the company as well. Do they sacrifice quality to cut costs? A product with a cheap price tag may seem appealing up front but take the time to consider what quality loss has occurred to reach that price point. A trustworthy company should be unwilling to cut corners on quality even if it means a higher cost. Remember, every product you choose to place in your medical facility will be a direct reflection upon you to your patients. Be sure you uphold their trust in your quality services by only choosing the highest quality products.

A Dedicated Customer Focus

When you start researching a medical lubricant company, take time to consider where they put their priority. You should only opt for a business that is 100 percent committed to a strong customer focus. Think about the future with this company. Will they provide you with the customer support you need even after they make their sale? What kind of a track record do they have with other clients?

To get a feel for how focused they are on their customers, take note on how well they communicate with you throughout the decision-making process. Do they seem to care about your needs more than just closing a deal? Feel free to also ask for references of other medical facilities who have chosen their products. The bottom line is that you, as the customer, should always come first.

A Desire To Build Trust

Another value a company providing medical lubricant should have high on their list is trust. They should work hard to build trust between you and their team. Trustworthiness should be a key guiding principle, as no relationship can be built without it.

 

Trust should be created through transparent communication and should be demonstrated through a reliable reputation. A trustworthy company will have a proven track record of treating their clients well. It should also be a constant goal, reached through superior customer service and the delivery of products that exceed quality standards.

 

If you do not feel that you can trust a supplier of medical lubricant, then you should look elsewhere. You are working to build trust with your own patients and your medical supplier should be doing the same for you. When in doubt, go with your gut and never settle for anything less than complete trustworthiness.

Integrity

The company you choose to work with should hold themselves to a high standard of integrity. Integrity begins from the ground up. Every single employee you interact with from the medical supplier should act with extreme integrity. A good rule of thumb we ask our employees at HR Pharmaceuticals is “Would the action be acceptable if the whole world was watching?”

 

Integrity cannot be compromised. You should demand a high-level of integrity from your medical lubricant supplier because your patients demand it from you. Make sure that you know you can trust every aspect of a supplier’s business. From the products they make to the customer service they provide, everything should stand up against the test of integrity.

 

Community

A truly admirable medical lubricant supplier will care about more than the bottom line. Does the company you are working with give back to their local community? Whether they give back through financial donations or volunteer time and resources, community should be important to their business.

 

When you choose a supplier who values community, you are in turn also contributing to those communities. Support a company that is supporting others. Making the world a better place begins with each individual person and each company we support.

Sustainability

Similar to the above sentiment, ask any medical lubricant supplier what their stance is on sustainability. As you work to operate a more environmentally friendly medical facility, partner with companies who also value this.


For example, here at HR Pharmaceuticals, we believe strongly in doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint. Since all the way back in 2010, we have worked hard to reduce our overall materials for packaging and we have decreased our packaging consumption by 30 percent.

 

Make sure that the medical lubricant supplier you choose is doing their part to create a more sustainable medical world.

 

HR Lubricating Jelly

Here at HR Pharmaceuticals, we look forward to talking to you about becoming your provider of medical lubricant. Our HR lubricating jelly is a trusted product for countless medical providers around the country. If you are looking for a water-soluble, kosher, latex-free jelly, we have you covered. We will be happy to discuss the variety of products we carry to see if we have the right fit for your needs.

We invite you to speak to one of our team members today about what makes us a unique company and why we want to strive to be your chosen provider for medical lubricants.

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