As a young whippersnapper pursuing a healthcare profession, I don’t spend a great deal of time initiating conversations revolving around dollars and cents. I tend to focus more on people, intervention outcomes, and qualitative progress opposed to quantitative monetary benefit. But, as I continue to grow and matriculate into what is oft referred to as the “real world”, I learn more and more about the precedent put on the monetary value of time, the monetary value of an investment, the monetary value of…well, really anything. I’ve grown to appreciate its role in the pursuit of one’s goals.
In a perfect world, money isn’t of concern. In a perfect world, we don’t think twice before acting as a pure altruistic, as a pure humanitarian, or as an activist for whatever your belief/objective/calling garners you to be. However, I’ve come to understand that de-valuing the logistics behind keeping a storefront running, keeping a profit margin in the green, or simply keeping a personal budget afloat will lead to–well…failure. In other words, if you don’t keep your doors open, you can’t make the world a better place (#kumbaya) or help anyone.
So, against my better judgement, I offer a business-oriented conversational piece from the perspective of someone who, in his even riper youth (like, a year ago), resented much of the business-oriented mindset, and someone who admittedly is a rookie in the appreciation of this aspect of the “real world”. However, I’m 100% in the business of figuring out all that planet earth has to offer until I’m no longer traversing its plains as a living human—so, join me.
(Proceed with caution.)
I’d like to present to you the infamous Casio W-201–$11.87 on amazon.com, as of 4/25/17.
This may come as a surprise to you, but this is one of the biggest steals on the wrist-watch market right now. It’s worth (up to) $70,000.00
According to the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines; “Pressure Ulcers increase hospital costs significantly. In the US, pressure ulcer care is estimated to approach $11 billion (USD) annually, with a cost of between $500 (USD) and $70,000 (USD) per individual pressure ulcer.”1
Bang this bad boy on your push rims, take unreasonably long showers, go for extended stays in the hotel hot-tub. It doesn’t de-value. (You probably can’t do that with a Rolex.)
How? Let’s talk.
This small, cheap piece of equipment is DME (durable medical equipment) gold. Follow the directions of your physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, and/or doctor, and you’ll quickly understand. Pressure relief timeframes may seem unreasonable, unrealistic, and even unattainable. But with this watch (and frankly, any other with a working chronological timer), you’ll find the key to preventing pressure ulcers: habit. Look down at your wrist—how long has it been since you’ve done a weight shift/pressure relief? Is it time to get off your ass? (Yes, likely) Have you been off your ass for long enough for capillary refill? (No, likely)
It’s simple: a wrist watch with a chronological timer will help you determine the shortcomings in your pressure-ulcer-prevention-time-management. If you can manage this time, you can manage the prevention of pressure ulcers. If you can manage the prevention of pressure ulcers, you can save yourself up to $70,000.00 per year per ulcer—for as little as $11.87 (maybe cheaper). Talk about a return on investment, Mr. Businessman.
Here’s another nugget: Between 1990 and 2001, pressure ulcers were reported as a cause of death among 114,380 persons.2
Invest in your health; invest in your well-being; invest in your longevity.
Your time is worth it.
- Redelings, M. D., Lee, N. E., & Sorvillo, F. (2005). Pressure ulcers: more lethal than we thought? Advances in Skin & Wound Care, 18(7), 367–372.
- World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day 2015 | The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel – NPUAP. (n.d.). Retrieved April 25, 2017, from http://www.npuap.org/world-wide-pressure-ulcer-prevention-day/