Uniform Advantage partners with The Children’s Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

In joining forces with The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), it was amazing to learn that congenital heart defects is the #1 birth defect in the world. It is sad to see so many babies born with this condition and many not even live past their 1st birthday….but with the advancement of medical care and CHF’s research, it is encouraging to see more babies living longer with a better quality of life!

So what exactly is a congenital heart defect?

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Common examples include holes in the inside walls of the heart and narrowed or leaky valves. In more severe forms of CHDs, blood vessels or heart chambers may be missing, poorly formed, and/or in the wrong place.

According to CHF, did you know that with every dollar the government spends on medical funding, only a fraction of a penny is directed toward congenital heart defect research which is why they play such a critical and instrumental role?? They are the only organization that was created to exclusively fund congenital heart defect research and has funded over $6.3 million of important, life-saving research since its inception!

Facts from The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF):

  • Congenital heart defects are the world’s #1 birth defect. Nearly one out of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
  • Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of all infant deaths in the United States.
  • An approximate 100-200 deaths are due to unrecognized heart disease in newborns each year. These numbers exclude those dying before diagnosis.
  • Nearly 40,000 infants in the U.S. are born each year with CHDs.   Of the nearly 4 million infants born in the United States each year, approximately 3% have some type of birth defect. CHD’s are the most common birth defect, occurring in about 1 in 100 births or nearly 1% of births.
  • Thanks to improvements in survival rates, the number of adults living with CHDs is increasing. It is now believed that the number of adults living with CHDs is at least equal to, if not greater than, the number of children living with CHDs.

We wanted to show a featured project of CHF so that you can see how their research has impacted a child’s life like Gael’s…..

The Children’s Heart Foundation issued a $71,000 grant to Christopher Caldarone, M.D. at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada for his research study entitled: “Understanding Right Ventricular Physiology in Tetralogy of Fallot.” (2013)

Do you know a child with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)? This featured research project aims to understand the abnormalities in heart muscle function found in children with TOF.

What the research means:
Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is a common congenital heart defect that involves a ventricular septal defect (hole in the heart), abnormal thickening of the muscle on right side of the heart, and abnormalities in the major blood vessels carrying blood away from the heart.  Children typically undergo corrective surgery as an infant, but often require subsequent interventions to prevent against right heart failure.

In the immediate post-operative period, some children experience a complicated course that involves depressed heart function requiring a more complicated stay in the intensive care unit. Why some children experience this remains unknown. This research will look at how the heart muscle of children with TOF functions to better understand abnormalities found in children with TOF.

The research can ultimately impact the care of these children in the intensive care unit and improve strategies aimed at minimizing myocardial damage associated with surgery. This can potentially have an impact on the need for future interventions and subsequent long-term outcomes.

Meet Gael: Gael was born in 2011 with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). At 6 months old, Gael had open heart surgery. Today, Gael does not allow his condition to define him or limit what he can do. CHF is dedicated to help fund CHD research that is designed to find better and more effective ways to help children like Gael, and give them an opportunity to grow up and live a full and happy life. Dr. Caldarone’s research is a step in the right direction to help children like Gael in the future.

Meet Gael, a child impacted by The Children Heart's Foundation research

Now who can resist this smile??

We were happy to get on board and support! With the exception of Breast Cancer, all of the charitable organizations we donated to this Fall, involved helping children because they are our future and need so many resources and funding. Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Healthy Heart Black prints and contributed over $2,000.00.

Uniform Advantage partners with The Children's Heart Foundation to help save children’s lives from congenital heart disease

About The Children’s Heart Foundation

Established by Betsy Peterson in 1996, The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF) is the country’s leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. Since 1996, CHF has funded 58 research projects with more than $6.3 million. CHF is a national 501(c)(3) tax‐exempt charitable organization that does not receive any government funding. The goal of the foundation is to bring health, hope and happiness to children and families impacted by congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the United States. This objective is accomplished by funding the most promising research to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects. For more information, please visit: www.childrensheartfoundation.org.

Because CHF plays an important role in advocating for increased child heart disease research, you can play your part in contacting your legislators to ensure funding is allocated for the Congenital Futures Act and to support funding for this research. You can click here for more information. As a united and larger voice, we can increase the quality of life for many children affected……what say you?

What did you just call me? A satire about nursing uniforms….

Written by our Chief Operating Officer, John Janenda

We tend to get excited about what we do here at Uniform Advantage (UA) and recently someone from our design team was fired up about the huge ‘variety’ in our nursing uniforms.’

One of the copywriters (an English major) said, ‘That’s kind of oxymoronic.’

The designer (NOT an English major), said, ‘What did just you call me??’

She was a little hopped up on pumpkin spiced latte and I thought she might be ready to take it to the next level, so I quickly stepped in and said, ‘No, no.  He means that it’s somewhat paradoxical, that despite the fact that we sell medical uniforms, we have a gigantic selection of body styles, fabrics, colors and scrub prints that our customers can choose from.’

Apparently ‘paradoxical’ didn’t clear things up, so I continued.

‘An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which seemingly contradictory terms appear side by side, like when you say something is ‘awfully good’, or ‘pretty ugly.’

‘See, when most people consider uniforms, they think ‘boring’ uninspired, dull, and uncomfortable.  I mean, just look up the word uniform in a thesaurus and see what you get:

  • Rigid
  • Inflexible
  • Normal
  • Regular
  • Monolithic

‘I mean, ‘yuck!’  Who wants to be associated with that?  Imagine if you had to wear a rigid, inflexible, monolithic UNIFORM to work every day.’  That’s the way a lot of our customers feel.

This made her pale a little, as she is something of a fashionista around here.

‘But at UA, we have so many great body styles, fabrics and colors to choose from that even when you are being asked to ‘blend in,’ you can still ‘stand out.’  And there’s nothing moronic about that!

That settled things down quite a bit and we were able to go back to work.

If you are being asked to standardize your uniform, or just feel boxed in by the choices in front of you, ask your uniform coordinator to check out Uniform Advantage’s full suite of professional programs.  They have been designed specifically to enhance your brand AND make you feel great in your uniform.  We think that’s awfully good.

 Have the unenviable task of managing uniforms for your team?  Let us know what ‘great pains’ you have endured to make it all come together?

Your One Stop Shop for all your Medical Scrub needs that supports your branding initiatives...visit www.uniformadvantage.com

2014 Holiday gift ideas for medical professionals

Gift Ideas for your Favorite Healthcare Professional

With the holidays approaching quickly, we thought we’d help out with some gift ideas for the medical and veterinary professionals in your life – family, friends, a special nurse, your dentist, vet tech, favorite doctor, physical therapist or any other medical professional you want to acknowledge with a special gift. We’ve come up with some that are unexpected, some medical themed and fun and some that are practical.

The Unexpected:

  • A spa day or treatment – everyone loves a little pampering. Even the guys would love a massage.
  • A “date night” – plan a special night for just the two of you. Whether you cook for that special person or take them out to a favorite restaurant or plan some other activity you know they enjoy. Plan all the details and make all the arrangements….
  • Coupons – they can be for anything – a spa treatment, a week of doing the dishes, groceries or gas for the week, a special meal you know they love
  • A weekend away – even if it’s a “staycation” where you stay in a local hotel and see the sights in your town
  • Books – reading is a source of relaxation for many people. Find out their favorite author and see if they have a website where you can order an autographed copy of their books.
  • Flowers – there are beautiful holiday arrangements at your local florist.
  • “SURPRISE” – most people love surprises – use your imagination and plan something unforgettable!

The Medical Themed and Fun:

We found these on a Pinterest Board titled Medical Crafts and Gifts.

  • Syringe shaped USB cords
  • Band-aid shaped business cards
  • Syringe pens
  • Medical themed iPhone covers
  • EMS Monopoly
  • Hand-painted medical themed martini glass

The Practical – these items are all top sellers available on our website. Enter the Style # in the Search field at the top of our website and Voila!

  • 3M™ Littman® Classic II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #CLASSC2 available in Black, Burgundy, Ceil Blue, Navy, Pearl Pink and Raspberry
  • 3M™ Littman® Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope – Style #LTWGHT2 available in Lilac, Black, Burgundy, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue and Seafoam
  • Zensah Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves – Style #ZE6055 available in Electric Purple, Aqua, Magenta, Navy, Beige, Black and Pink in Sizes XS/S, S/M L/XL
  • 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III Stethoscope – Style #CARDIO3 available in Black, Hunter, Navy and Plum
  • Nurse Mates Women’s Compression Trouser Socks – Style #LO883 available in Pink, Ceil Blue, White and Black
  • Prestige Basic Fingertip Pulse Oximeter – Style #PR456 available in Purple, Hot Pink and Black
  • Nurse Mates “Medical Compression” 15-20 mmHg Full Support Pantyhose – Style #881610 available in Nearly Nude and White in sizes A- EE
  • 3M™ Littman® Select Stethoscope – Style #SELECT available in Peach, Pine, Purple, Raspberry, Royal, Caribbean Blue, Ceil Blue, Black, Burgundy and Ocean Blue
  • Prestige Clinical I Stethoscope – Style #CLINICAL available in Neon Blue, Neon Green, Neon Pink, Black, Navy, Purple and Stealth
  • Nurse Mates 15-20 mmHg Medical Compression Knee Highs – Style #LO8816 available in Black, Nude and White in Sizes A/B, C/D
  • Nurse Mates “Why Nurses Rock” Scoop Tote Bag – Style #LO914WNR
  • Nurse Mates Black Floral Lunch Cooler – Style #LO9284BF

No Time? No Ideas? No Problem! A Uniform Advantage Gift Card is always a great and welcome choice!

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team and they will be happy to help you!

Paying tribute to our Military Nurses

Paying tribute to our Military Nurses

 

Today, we pay tribute to all Veterans.

We thank you for your service, dedication and sacrifice, especially those who gave The Ultimate Sacrifice.

We would also like to salute all of the military nurses that we don’t always hear much about.

Nurses in the military provide nursing care for wounded and ill soldiers wherever they are stationed anywhere in the world. In combat, they provide this care on the front lines and on the field. In non-combat assignments, they work providing ambulatory, maternal/child, acute and rehabilitation care. They can serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.

When a nurse enlists in the military, it is for a set period of service and they are assigned a position based on ability and need. They may travel to different countries and climates where they face new and challenging clinical situations.

In combat, military nurses manage battle trauma that is unimaginable – land mine injuries, vehicular accidents and blast injuries. In recent times, because of the improvement of protective gear such as body armor and Kevlar, the number of thoracic injuries has been reduced but there are still an incredible amount of limb injuries. Caring for these wounded warriors is a very special mission with awesome responsibility. These are not just soldiers and sailors; they are dads, moms, son, daughters, brothers and sisters. Although it can be heartbreaking, it is also extremely rewarding.

Unfortunately, in a lot of today’s combat, the enemy is not an organized military, but insurgent forces who do not recognize the humanitarian guidelines set forth in the Protocols of the Geneva Convention. The large red crosses on medical and evacuation vehicles offer little protection for their occupants, as they are routinely fired upon and become targets themselves. Being a front-line military nurse takes a special kind of person. You can be evacuating a critical patient on a ventilator in a helicopter that’s over 100 degrees inside in full body armor and you come under enemy fire. So many of those with amputations, high caliber gunshot wounds and burns, are so young. These scenarios can really take a toll on these nurses. Then there are the civilian casualties – including a lot of injured children – and this can affect even the toughest nurse. Many of these caregivers suffer from “compassion fatigue.”

Military nurses can also be assigned to duty at facilities in the US or on foreign bases. Here they deliver care to recovering personnel. The also provide care to the families of the military including maternity and pediatric care.

Entering into military nursing is a commitment and is not been immune to the nursing shortage. There are age limitations and you must be in good medical and physical shape. There are four branches of the military and each have nursing opportunities. If you are considering it, be sure to understand everything explained to you at the recruiting office. Since most recruiters aren’t nurses themselves, seek out someone who is and talk to them about everything and get all of your questions answered.

In military nursing, not only will you come in contact with heroes from previous generations but also those that prove that our current generation is also great; and you will be one of those heroes yourself!

Are you a military nurse? We would love to hear of your service and experiences! If you are not, and you know of someone who does, we would also love to hear from you about their experiences…

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in Kids

Uniform Advantage partners with Action for Healthy Kids to help fight against Diabetes in KidsAccording to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese – putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

WOW!!

This is a very scary statistic and it really reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids.

Uniform Advantage has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids for Fall 2014 and donated $1 from the sale of each “Diabetes Awareness White” print scrub top and jacket towards the fight against diabetes.

 

About Action for Healthy Kids

Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHK’s work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy™.

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On” program is designed to challenge America’s schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHK’s signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program.

A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:

  • 84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
  • 88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
  • Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
  • 95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On

 

Uniform Advantage is excited to make a difference and help energize tomorrow’s leaders! Let’s help reinforce to our kids on a daily basis to make better choices so they will live to build a better future!

 

Happy Respiratory Care Week 2014 from Uniform Advantage!

Respiratory Therapist Official SymbolRespiratory Care week officially began on October 19th and is ending on October 25th.

U.S. News & World Report reported that Respiratory Therapists are ranked as the 20th Best Health Care Job and 32nd in the 100 Best Jobs. Respiratory Therapists’ roles are not popularly known and are often considered as a nurse.

According to The University of Kansas Medical Center, “The respiratory therapist (RT) treats people with disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular disorders, and trauma. In the hospital setting, the respiratory therapist provides care and life support to patients in the emergency room, intensive care units, general hospital areas, the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory and other specialty areas such as rehabilitation. While on the job, the RT will diagnose lung and breathing disorders and recommend treatment methods. They will interview patients, perform chest exams and analyze tissue specimens. Managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can’t breathe normally on their own is also a primary responsibility of these professionals. The respiratory therapist may play a prominent role in responding to Code Blue or other urgent calls for care in the emergency room. Students with strong math skills are best prepared to succeed in respiratory care. Work in this field involves working with patients and other clinicians; it’s definitely not a “desk job” and not “behind the scenes” in a laboratory environment. Respiratory therapists use high-tech equipment and the latest medical techniques to help patients in a variety of situations.”
Respiratory Therapist treating a patient at Driscoll Children's HopsitalWe discovered 5 great things about RTs from Science Buddies:

  1. Help a premature baby draw his or her first breaths.
  2. Remove mucus from a cystic fibrosis patient’s lungs to allow easier breathing.
  3. Use a ventilator to keep a critically ill patient alive during a med-flight.
  4. Teach a child how to manage his or her asthma.
  5. They are our breathing specialists and provide a critical role in helping us with any cardiopulmonary problems.

 Have an Awesome week and Thank You for taking care of us!

Respiratory Therapist Rocks

The Future of Nursing

Future of Nursing found on blog.uniformadvantage.comAre you a recent nursing graduate entering the medical profession work force, or a seasoned professional who has seen friends and family in other types of jobs getting laid off? If so, you may be questioning the future of nursing.

Well, we’re glad to say things are looking good for you nursing professionals!

Registered nurses make up the largest group in the U.S. workforce and nursing is the fastest growing career industry in the country.

Listed below are a few positive statistics according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing:

  • There are 3.1 million Registered Nurses nationwide.
  • There are four times as many nurses in the U.S as there are physicians.
  • The number of new RN jobs created through 2018 will be 581,500.
  • There will be a 36% rise in the demand for RNs in hospitals by 2020.

Nursing education programs have changed over the past few decades. They are more complex and focused. Allnurses.com says many nurses with Associate degrees (AA) are being encouraged to obtain their Bachelor’s as an AA degree may not be enough to land a nursing job in the future. Per Medscape.com, two-year RN programs are almost obsolete and hospital based nursing diplomas will be a thing of the past in the next 10 years. By 2020, it is the hope of the health care profession that at least 80% of all nurses will have a B.S. in nursing and that eventually this will become the minimum degree. Currently only 13.2% of nurses hold a master’s degree or higher in nursing. Many Ph.D. programs in nursing are fairly new but many believe to work in private practices and academic research nursing doctoral degrees will be needed. You may want to consider continuing your education to focus and specialize in your career.

demands for a new kind of nurse found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

Source: Oregon Health & Science University, School of Nursing

Incomes are increasing based on experience and specialties – more reason to continue your education. Here are some current annual median salaries according to allnurses.com:

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses: $41,540
  • Registered Nurses: $65,470
  • Nurse Practitioners: $89,960
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist: $94,487
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist: $148,160

The future is changing and is brighter than ever! We’ll always need more nurses because people are living longer, globalization has allowed healthcare workers to cross borders easier and there is a rising need for specialist care, outpatient care and home care services.