Recently we have expanded our online store to include stethoscopes made by Uniform Advantage and Littmann, and so we thought it would be helpful to share some tips on how to care for and clean your stethoscope. Regular cleanings are important for the safety of you and your patients, as an unclean stethoscope has the potential to be a vector of infection. This is especially true if you are an EMS worker.
A recent study suggests that one in three stethoscopes used by emergency workers is contaminated with MSRA, a potentially fatal bacterial infection. It might sound scary, but the spread of bacteria can be easily prevented by cleaning your stethoscope at least once a week. Here are some useful tips on how to clean your UA or Littmann stethoscope.
- First remove the ear tips, as this will allow you to clean your stethoscope thoroughly.
- Wipe the entire surface of the diaphragm and bell with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution; this can reduce the bacterial count up to 94%.
- The tubing can be cleaned by using a cloth moistened with a mild soap solution, followed by drying and swabbing with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
- To prevent the tubing from cracking and drying, clean the tubing monthly with a vinyl protectant such as Armor-All.
- NEVER immerse your stethoscope in any kind of liquid or subject it to any sterilization process or else it will be ruined.
- Keep your stethoscope away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils.
- You may be tempted to cover the surface of the bell and/or diaphragm to keep it clean; however you should never do this as it can change the frequency characteristics of the stethoscope, resulting in an incorrect or incomplete diagnosis of your patient.
Hopefully you will find this information useful in the care and cleaning of your stethoscope. If you don’t own one, please visit our website for a variety of stethoscopes made by Littmann and UA. Shop with confidence at UniformAdvantage.com!
In a field where it is the norm to work long shifts, heal wounds and even save lives, something must be said about how brave our nurses really are. With tedious schooling, knowing words like “aldosterone”, sun up to sun down hours, eating while reading charts, we could go on and on. It definitely takes a special someone to take on this career field. That’s why at Uniform Advantage, we salute nurses and all it takes to be a medical hero. Read our Nurses Week blog to learn about the history of nurses’ week, Florence Nightingale and these special individuals who make a difference.
National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th every year. This special event started in January of 1974. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced that May would be “International Nurse Day” as a day of celebration and recognition of the advancement of nursing. This expanded to a week in 1990 by the ANA Board of Directors. The purpose of Nurses Week is to honor nurses who give care to millions of patients and individuals who participate in the education and advancement of nursing.
The date holds significance of remembering the birthday of Florence Nightingale who was a pioneer of modern nursing. Born in May, (5/12/1820 – 8/13/1910) in England, Florence Nightingale was one of the first noted heroic nurses in history. With her inspiring work in Crimea, Florence and 38 volunteer nurses (which she trained herself) went to care for wounded soldiers in un-livable conditions. She alone reportedly treated 2,000 patients. Florence improved the living conditions of the wounded by thoroughly cleaning the hospital and equipment, and reorganizing patient care. This was of importance as infection control was poor at that time. Nightingale’s work received massive recognition and support where she was given the name “The Lady of the Lamp” due to her carrying a lamp around, working well into the night, every night. Florence Nightingale’s work revolutionized the field of medicine as the Union government approached her for advice on organizing the field. Her work inspired the volunteer body of United States Sanitary Commission and US volunteers like Dorothea Dix, Clara Barton and Cornelia Hancock.
Today, nursing is one of the most in-demand fields. It’s estimated that by the year 2020, there will be a shortage of 800,000 nurses. There’s no doubt this career is not only special, but mandatory for America’s health. Nursing is one of the most praised professions, due to the hard work and commitment it requires from its students. Nurses deserve their praise and recognition for the job that literally saves lives. With even the smallest care, nurses make a difference with their trained eye for detail. No medical facility can function without nurses who do it all from basic care to delivering babies.
The theme for Nurses Week 2009 is “Nurses: Building a Healthy America”. The purpose of the event this year is to reflect the commitment nurses make every day for their patients, their communities, and their country. Help us celebrate nurses everywhere by leaving a comment about a special nurse you know, an inspiring story on the nursing care you give, or what if feels like to be a member of such an important community. No matter what the story, share your thoughts on nurses with Uniform Advantage as we take the time to recognize the reason why we do what we do: YOU!
~ Tamara Taylor
In today’s economy, we are all searching for lower prices on everything. When you’re shopping around for your nursing scrubs or medical uniforms, do you get discouraged if you see “cheap” as opposed to “discount”? At Uniform Advantage, we sell both, but only in terms of price!
Many hospital and medical professionals ask us whether there is a difference between our high quality scrubs and our cheap scrubs, or discount scrubs. The answer is no, Uniform Advantage has been providing nusing professionals and medical staff with quality scrubs for over 20 years. It is not the quality of the garment, but the price we charge. Our discount nursing scrubs are made with the best quality cotton and poly/cotton blends. So, our only goal aside from ensuring you get the quality you deserve, is to sell at a price you can afford!
You can wear your UA brand cheap nursing scrubs at work and at play. They are comfortable, durable and with all the prints we have to offer, fashionable as well! You know, at one time, the typical discount (or cheap) nursing scrubs used by medical professionals were quite dull and boring. The only choices available were simple solids and no prints to speak of. Now with our quality-made stylish cheap scrubs, you can have a fresh new look every day! You can even choose your medical uniforms based on how you feel, the seasons, and even fun holidays like New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter and several more…
Pick from our huge variety of high quality scrubs, at cheap prices. Uniform Advantage offers discount scrubs in prints and solids that make ordering them exciting and fun! For many, buying anything at a lower price just makes the most sense. We offer the same durable quality as our more expensive scrubs, with the same comfort & style. This means you can buy more and save more in the process. It is better to have the ability to fix that arm or leg, than buying nursing uniforms that cost you an arm and leg, right?
Are you concerned about sizes? No need, we offer petite, tall, regular and plus sizes. Medical scrubs for everyone, flattering, fun and best of all affordable. We also carry cheap scrubs for men and women, so no matter who you are, you will find what you’re looking for at Uniform Advantage.
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