When I hear the term “wrong way” I think of football. Why, you ask? Well, being from the Midwest, our Big Ten teams usually went to the Rose Bowl. So, each year we would hear about the “wrong way”. Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels got this title for going the wrong-way for a touchdown in the 1929 Rose Bowl, which is often cited as the worst blunder in football history.
Others might think of Douglas Corrigan, who was an American aviator. He was nicknamed "Wrong Way" in 1938. After a transcontinental flight from Long Beach, California, to New York City, he flew from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, to Ireland, though his flight plan was filed to return to Long Beach. Regardless of who you think of when you hear the term “wrong way,” they both went the wrong way and became famous because of it.
Nowadays, because of the new rules in our grocery store, my wife is telling me to be quiet when we shop. The grocery stores in Michigan now have signs on the floor telling shoppers which way to go down the aisles, along with frequent overhead messages reminding people to go the correct way. We are allowed no more than three people in an aisle and “social distance” must be maintained in other areas of the store. I don’t hesitate to tell people they are going the wrong way, that they need to turn around or that they are too close. I will wait before I go down an aisle until somebody leaves, so we do not have more than three carts (people) in the aisle. My wife, Maryjo, says, “Stephen, stop it, somebody’s going to get mad.” I say there is somebody mad, and it’s me!
My question is this: do you want to be famous in your sterile storage area as being the “wrong way” person? It makes sense to have a one-way flow in picking supplies, to have signs on the floor giving direction and to have a few signs on social distancing. Your pick list should match up with the flow of your sterile storage area, so it is efficient and has a one-way flow when possible.
Healthmark has created some signs to help you maintain social distancing and direction with floor signs specifically designed for healthcare facilities. Don’t let your staff get caught going the wrong way. These signs will help prevent that. So, as Bob Dylan famously said, “the times they are a changin,” so don’t get labeled as being the “wrong way” person in your department.