October is Breast Cancer awareness month. This is time of year where everyone gets together and raises money for more research. With advances made in medicine, we have to keep the momentum going and 2009 is no different! There are several organizations with valuable information on testing, prevention, treatment and more importantly, the simple feeling of looking out for one another.
The American Cancer Society states 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,170 deaths so far this year. It’s the most common cancer among women, other than skin cancer in United States. The good news is the death rate is going down, as a result of testing earlier and better treatment options. In the United States, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors!
As an apparel company dedicated to the medical profession, we urge everyone to get involved. Wear pink nursing uniforms, or the pink ribbons indicating your awareness and support for our fellow sisters.
To show their support for the much needed research, Littman will donate $5.00 to the American Cancer Society from proceeds of their Classic II Stethoscope – style #CLASC2PR!
Featuring a two-sided chest piece, this stethoscope offers high acoustic sensitivity for superior performance. A tunable diaphragm on one side augments the traditional bell function of the opposite side. It also includes soft sealing eartips.
Koi will also donate $2.00 from each sale of their Hope print scrub top towards Breast Cancer research. This stylish and supportive mock wrap top features an:
- adjustable side drawstring,
- two large front pockets and side slits
- made with 100% cotton
- available in sizes XS to 3X
We have several other products to support Breast Cancer awareness, including nursing socks, watches and even a pink ribbon embroidery option for your scrub tops! Let’s not forget our great looking Pink Ribbon print scrubs.
A couple of years ago, we walked at the Susan G. Komen walk for the cure in Miami, and it was a great success! This year, Uniform Advantage will do its part by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. For more information, visit Susan G Komen for the Cure on what you can do in our fight against Breast Cancer. You can also find an event near you. Together, we can make a difference!
We at, Uniform Advantage would like to thank you for your support this month, and look forward to serving your medical uniform needs today and tomorrow.
~ Contributing Editor
Wow, I can’t believe its August again. It seems like just yesterday it was the beginning of Spring. The good news is that with August comes our new line of medical scrubs! This season UA has many new and exciting additions to our exclusive line of print and solid scrubs as well as the classics you have come to know and love. Here at Uniform Advantage we strive to keep our customers looking fresh and fabulous by updating our popular line of print scrubs with new styles . You will love the rich autumn hues and beautiful leaves and flowers featured in our Fall 2009 prints. Feast your eyes upon our festive Thanksgiving and Halloween print scrubs and pick some up just in time for the holidays.
Not only is UniformAdvantage.com known for its fun print scrub tops and print jackets, our solid scrubs are a huge hit with medical professionals everywhere as well. Our famous Butter-Soft scrubs still come in basic styles like the women’s two pocket top and unisex drawstring pants, and we have added new colors and body styles for Fall 2009 as well. The PC58C snap front top with drawstring waist adds a fresh twist to a classic with its contrasting solid trim lining the neckline and double pockets. The empire waist top with contrasting trim has become a popular style lately and so we have added one to our collection in beautiful fall colors and luxurious Butter Soft fabric: PC65C. Our new double stripe scrub top and scrub pants are sure to be a big hit for nurses that love sporty styles. We have added two new colors, Maize and Gecko Green to our popular Best Buy scrub collection. They look great when worn alone or with coordinating print scrub tops and print scrub jackets, and the best part is the value price that won’t break the bank.
As you can see, UA is committed to delivering the latest scrub uniform fashions at value prices that everyone can afford. Don’t put it off any longer; treat yourself to some new Fall 2009 scrubs at UniformAdvantage.com today!
~ Allison Cesaro
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!