Why The Viscosity of Your Lubricant Matters

If you perform any procedure that requires the use of lubricating jelly, you are likely already well aware that not every lubricant is the same! A few qualities that some medical lubricants offer — bacteriostatic properties and hypoallergenic — are not obvious to the end-user. However, some are — viscosity, consistency, and residue factor.

HR Lubricating Jelly is a water-based lubricant that won’t clump, flake, or become tacky. Follow along in today’s post as we discuss some of the reasons the viscosity of your lubricating jelly matters and why HR works so hard to make lubricants with superior viscosity.

Avoid injury

Friction is the enemy in most scenarios. Not only does friction during a medical procedure create discomfort for the patient, regardless of where it occurs, but friction can cause cell trauma. Abrasions, skin tears, scabs, and ulcers can occur in areas that experience friction. Once an area has been compromised, it will make any procedure uncomfortable in that area. If you are inserting something like a nasogastric tube or a nasal airway, nicking the tissue can cause blood to enter a cavity it shouldn’t, such as the stomach or lungs.

Reduce infection

Skin and mucous cells are the first line of defense for the body. Meant to keep pathogens out, once compromised, it is much less effective. When you use lubricants with poor viscosity, there is increased potential for compromising the integrity of an orifice. This creates an opportunity for pathogens to enter the body. Additionally, an open area invites bacteria to the site and can cause an infection at the compromised area. Viscosity matters!

Increase efficiency

As a medical professional, you know that efficiency is what keeps your practice moving. You likely have a host of tasks, exams, and procedures. You also know that medical equipment costs a lot of money. You can help improve the efficiency of each task and reduce waste of medical equipment when you use lubricating jelly that makes insertion of medical equipment easier and does not compromise the equipment. HR Lubricating Jelly is thick and water-based, offering superior instrument coverage without affecting the material of the equipment. The superior viscosity allows you to easily insert instruments quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Improve patient comfort

Ask anyone with any experience using any sort of lubricant, and they will all agree that viscosity directly affects performance and comfort. Viscosity affects how smoothly an instrument will move in an orifice. HR Lubricating Jelly offers superior viscosity for patient comfort. Additionally, the water-based formula prevents staining, clumping, drying, or flaking. This means that your patient can remain as comfortable as possible when HR Lubricating Jelly is used.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we are a global leader in medical lubricants. Our ingredients and formulas make our lubricating jellies second to none in terms of patient safety and comfort. We have a variety of packaging options to make our lubricants convenient for medical professionals. Browse our entire product line and stock your practice today!