Today’s Weirdohead entry is about a dubious item that, the way I see it, seems to be promoting convenience over safety. Normally, I’m all about convenience, because I’m generally one of the laziest people you’ll ever find. BUT, in the case of these quick connect devices, it really might be best to take the longer, less convenient route.
You see, a quick connect is a little metal or plastic devices that is used to quickly connect two pieces of tubing (it’s more than just a clever name). From what I could gather from the website upon which I found these devices, they’re quite frequently used for medical applications. In certain circumstances, sure, you need things to move quickly in a hospital—in the emergency room, for example. However, if these tubes you’re quickly connecting are going to deliver important, potentially lifesaving drugs or hemoglobin or what have you, it would probably be best to take your time connecting them so you make sure you do it right.
“This patient needs two units of plasma, stat!”
Click-bang-zoom! Quick connected. “Go for it, doc.”
“Okay, let’s get him—aw, $#!t, the tubes weren’t hooked up right.”
“But I sure did it fast.”
“That you most certainly did. He’s dead now, though.”
“Oh, well. Those tubes went together super easy, so there’s that.”
“Good point. Well done, nurse.”