Facebook Adds The Option to “Share” Life

   Mark Z

Facebook announced this morning that they are going to use the power of their expansive social network (161 million members in the US) to help out in the social struggle for organ donors.  Approximately 18 people a day (7,000 each year) in the United States die waiting for an organ transplant.  Last year, members took it upon themselves to use Facebook for the greater good, helping to find lost items in the Joplin, MO tornadoes and to locate missing loved ones in the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Now Facebook users have the ability add their donor status, right where they already list basic details like their birthday or hometown along with when they made this decision and why.  The goal is to encourage others within your social network to register themselves as donors through a local online registry like Donate Life America or through the DMV.   Zuckerberg credits his girlfriend, who is in medical school to be a pediatrician, along with the recent loss of friend Steve Jobs who received a liver transplant back in 2009, as the two main reasons for this initiative.

Want to learn more?  Watch the ABC News interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg here.

For those of you in the medical field (hopefully rocking your UA scrubs), what do you think of this latest Facebook venture?

Let’s Celebrate…Medical Pioneers!

To celebrate Women’s History month this year, we’ve come up with a short list of groundbreaking female pioneers and noted how their efforts have had an effect on the medical field. Without some of their accomplishments and inventions, life for women in the medical field today could be very different!

Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell

  1. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) –the first American woman to gain admission to and graduate from medical school (her acceptance was based on a vote by the student body who were joking in their unanimous “yes” vote, but the faculty acted to enroll her).  The practical joke was on the rest of the students however, Elizabeth graduated at the top of her class!
  2. Emily Blackwell (1826-1910)-Elizabeth’s younger sister who was the co-founder of of the first American hospital for women, staffed solely by woman, The New York Infirmary for Indigent Woman and Children.  The sisters went on to open the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary, where they both also served as professors.
  3. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)-the first African American woman physician in the US.
  4. Florence Nightingale-laid the foundation for professional nursing in 1860 when she established the first secular nursing school at the Saint Thomas Hospital in London.  International Nurses Day is now celebrated worldwide on her birthday.
  5. Letitia Geer-a female inventor who is credited for inventing the medical syringe in 1899
  6. Patricia Bath (1942- ) – the first African American female doctor to receive a patent for a medical invention (a method for removing cataract lenses using a laser device, which made the procedure more accurate).
  7. Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Brown-co-developed Nystatin, patented in 1957 which is an anti-fungal antibiotic drug.  They donated the royalties from their invention ($13+ million) to the Research Corporation for the advancement of academic scientific study.

There are numerous other female medical pioneers that have not been mentioned in this article. If you’d like to honor anyone in particular, please leave a comment below!

A Day for IV Nurses!

IV Nurses

Today is National IV Nurses Day!  This healthcare holiday was created back on January 25th, 1980 when the U.S. House of Representatives wanted to honor nurse infusion specialists as well as the Infusion Nurses Society (which now has over 7,000 members!).   This year’s theme is “A Vital Role in Quality Healthcare”, which recognizes how crucial credentialed nurses are to a healthcare team.  Nurses specialized in infusions are essential for providing patients with the correct dosages of their medications as well as taking preventative measures against bloodstream infections that can occur at the infusion site.

Uniform Advantage would like to say Happy IV Nurses Day to all of our customers who are infusion nurses!  Since you do your part year-round to “get it right the first time” for your patients, go ahead and treat yourself to a new set of stylish spring scrubs!

National Medical Group Practice Week

NMGPW

This week is National Medical Group Practice Week.  This year marks the 9th anniversary of this event which recognizes the positive effects that group practices have on the patients and communities they serve, as well as acknowledges the individuals who lead these group practices.  The theme this year is staff, which promotes high levels of employee satisfaction so that retention levels are high and employees are happy to best serve their patients.  It also includes managers making thorough hiring decisions when they are recruiting new employees.

Did you know…many group practices and hospital units have found that uniform scrub colors help increase a “team mindset” and employee morale?  Check out some of our favorite solid color medical uniforms if you think this uniform look would be a good fit for your staff!

Follow this link for a listing of events from the Medical Group Management Association: http://www.mgma.com/nmgpw_activities/.

Nurses are the “Most Trusted Profession” for the 10th Year in a Row!

Nurses Most Trusted Profession

Nurses have ranked at the top of Gallup’s annual poll of “Most Trusted Professions” 12 out of the last 13 times they’ve been included as an option.  The only year that they did not top the list was in 2001, when firefighters achieved the top honor after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  USA Today and Gallup co-host the poll, where Americans vote on 21 different professions based on their “honesty and ethical standards”.

Two other medical professions, pharmacists and medical doctors rounded out the top 5:

  1. Nurses
  2. Military officers
  3. Pharmacists
  4. Grade school teachers
  5. Medical Doctors

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our customers out there in the nursing field!  You can read the rest of the article here:

http://www.mcknights.com/poll-nursing-tops-the-list-of-most-trusted-professions/article/219640/

Roll up Your Sleeves for National Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor Month

January has been recognized as National Blood Donor month since 1970, due to the increased need for blood.  However, hectic holiday schedules, inclement weather conditions, and more people with cold and flu symptoms all contribute to significantly fewer donations this time of year.  This is compounded by the fact that there are historically more weather related injuries and traffic accidents in the winter months.  Just think—each whole blood donation can help save as many as three lives!

Check here for blood drives and donation centers near you, some even offer fun promotions like “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” where donors receive a pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee!

 Continue to show your support for National Blood Donor month even after you donate by wearing a festive scrub top like this one from UA (perfect for Valentine’s too!):

HU6EDH Edgy Heart Print Scrub Top

HU6EDH Edgy Heart Print Scrub Top

Suds Up!

National Handwashing Awareness Week

Today is the start of National Handwashing Awareness Week 2011, which was created to decrease the spread of infectious diseases.  The CDC states that the practice of handwashing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention!  It’s also a good opportunity to make sure that children know the proper way to wash their hands, as their immune systems are weaker and can become sick quicker.  In fact, 1 in 3 E. coli outbreaks is caused by poor hand washing by people preparing food.

Here are proper techniques to help keep the flu bug (and the common cold) away this wintery season:

  • Wet your hands with warm, running water and apply soap.
  • Rub your hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Scrub all surfaces, including between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse all the soap off.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a towel.
  • Use a towel to turn off the faucet.