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news | 06.04.2021

An accident in the kitchen, what now?

Julienne, bâtonnets, lozenges, etc. These cutting techniques are familiar to the average chef.
They all have two requirements:  a sharp knife and a good cutting board.

Work in a professional kitchen is often done quickly, and a lot happens at the same time. This means that one moment of inattention is enough. A cut or an abrasion is part of the job, even if you have mastered the correct technique.

Food safety is the highest priority in a kitchen, which is why it is very important to be able to treat wounds as quickly and efficiently as possible and to ensure that no foreign materials enter the food.” Kristof , Chef
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A well-equipped first aid kit is essential in your kitchen.

Make sure that your first aid kit is always properly stocked and check the expiry date of the products in it every six months. A first aid kit should be mounted at eye level, located where it is easily accessible (for everyone). It is very important that the first aid kit can be reached from any location within 30 seconds.

Cooking and cutting very often involve washing and rinsing, so that a plaster without sufficient adhesive strength will soon loosen from a finger. Chances are that your plaster will end up in the food!

To limit this risk, there are several things to look out for:

  • Use the correct plaster 
  • Make sure your plasters have very good adhesive strength
  • Use blue plasters

The right plaster for the right wound

For example, a wound at the fingertip can be quite a challenge to tape well.

Detectaplast butterfly plasters offer an excellent solution for this! The butterfly shape makes it easy to cover the fingertip. To make sure your plaster sticks, you may choose to add a finger bob over it or reinforce it with a cohesive bandage.

We have also thought of wounds to the knuckle or to the inside of the knuckle! Thanks to its unique H shape, the knuckle plaster has multiple applications. Also, it ensures that the mobility of the finger is maintained.

If it has to be done very quickly, the self-adhesive foam bandage can offer a solution for almost any injury! This unique, self-adhesive foam represents a revolution in the world of first aid. It is stretchable and flexible and can be placed over any shape. On top of this, the foam has a styptic effect and is water and fat-repellent.

All Detectaplast plasters are made for professional use and have exceptional adhesive strength. In addition, we have various qualities for every possible application: Elastic, Premium, Universal, 2nd skin and Hydrogel. Wouter Jacobs , CEO Detectaplast
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Why is blue the best colour for the plasters?

Our plasters are blue because there is almost no food that is blue by nature. This makes the plasters stand out immediately so they can be quickly removed from the food cycle. 

In this comparative photo, you can clearly see the difference between a normal skin-coloured plaster and a blue Detectaplast plaster: the brown plasters take on the colour of the food they end up in or they do not stand out enough to be seen quickly.

In contrast, blue plasters are very quickly detectable visually in any type of food.