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!
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