You can't do the job without the right tools. You need a good quality stethoscope
Littmann is the trusted leader in innovative auscultation technology, the Littmann® brand name is your assurance of precision, acoustical superiority, innovative design and exceptional performance. Whichever model you choose, you can depend on Littmann® stethoscopes to provide years of superior performance and service.
It is also important that you choose the right stethoscope. Each scope is designed for a specific need. Our staff would be happy to help you find the right stethoscope for your needs. You may reach us Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm at 855-391-9200 or via chat online. You can also get help by email email@example.com.
This is one of our best-selling stethoscopes.
Versatile, double-sided chestpiece for adult and pediatric auscultation.
Pediatric side converts to an open bell by replacing the diaphragm with a non-chill bell sleeve (included).
Tunable diaphragm: Hear high or low frequency sounds by slightly adjusting pressure on the chestpiece.
Dual-lumen tubing: Two sound paths in one tube eliminates the rubbing noise of traditional double tubes.
Headset is easily adjusted for individual fit and comfort. Angled eartubes align with ear canals.
The 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III™ Stethoscope is designed for clinicians who require outstanding acoustic performance combined with exceptional versatility. Its innovative design provides a tunable diaphragm on each side of the chestpiece.
5 year warranty- The day you bought your Littmann stethoscope establishes its warranty start date.
This date can be verified on your original purchase receipt.
If a material or manufacturing defect occurs during the warranty period, Littmann will repair your Littmann stethoscope free of charge, except in cases of obvious abuse or accidental damage.
Has the warranty expired? No worries. Littmann offers affordable Littmann stethoscope repairs that include replacing the tubing, eartubes, diaphragm, rim, nonchill sleeves and eartips.
Contact 3M Health Care Service Center at 800-292-6298 for warranty work.
You can see our full line of MDF Instuments at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/mdf.html
These are top quality scopes with a great warranty to rival the Littman warranty.
Register your MDF Stethoscope at https://www.mdfinstruments.com/customer/account/create/
Free Parts for Life at https://www.mdfinstruments.com/free-parts-for-life-program
Full details on the MDF Warranty https://www.mdfinstruments.com/warranty-information
The addition of this brand name will give you an even greater selection of stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and a wide variety of instruments and accessories. Look for these in Spring 2017.
Stretch to Make it Through the Longest Shift in History
So many in the Healthcare field now work twelve hour shifts. That is a long day for the best of us.
You can find uniforms that are comfortable enough for those long shifts here on our site, www.uniformsandscrubs.com but even the most comfy scrubs in the world are not enough. Here are some tips for making it through the mental and physical stress of your never ending shift.
4 Best Stretches for Nurses by Terah Shelton Harris | May 19, 2016
According to the Mayo Clinic, stretching helps improve flexibility and range of motion in the joints. Improved flexibility decreases the risk of injuries and enables muscles to work more effectively. Stretching also increases blood flow to muscle, flushing out oxygen-depleted cells and increasing energy levels. Jeff Miller, a certified personal trainer and owner of Function Fitness, recommends the four best stretches for nurses to stay relaxed and loose during a shift.
1. Neck stretch
Stand up straight with your head level. Place one hand behind your back as if standing "at ease," only with the back of your hand on your lower back. Put the other hand on top of your head, and gently pull your head to the side until you feel a stretch. You should feel the stretch in your neck, shoulder, and a little bit in your core. Hold for 20 seconds, then do the other side. Do this once an hour to help keep your neck muscles loose and balanced.
2. Chest and shoulder stretch
Stand up straight with good posture. Put your hands out to your side, and rotate your hands so your thumb is pointing backward until they're pointing at the wall behind you. Arch your back, pressing your shoulder blades together, and hold for five seconds. If you do this once an hour, it will help prevent back, shoulder, and neck pain caused by constantly leaning over your patients and looking down at their charts.
Put your hands on your hips and slowly swivel them around like a hula-hooper. Do this five times per side every hour. It will help keep your hip and back muscles stable and balanced, preventing low-back pain.
4. Standing row with tubing
Attach some exercise tubing (just medical tubing with some grips on it) to a coat hook or something else relatively close to eye level on the wall. Holding your hands thumb-side up and your arms straight out in front of you, pull your elbows straight back toward the wall behind you. Do three sets of three reps 12-15 times, at least three times per week.
Let's stretch some more with: http://onlinenursing.neu.edu/blog/7-head-to-toe-stretches-for-nurses-and-nursing-students/
7 Head to Toe Stretches for Nurses and Nursing Students
By Northeastern Nursing | Published March 11, 2015
The following stretches are easy to do and can be done daily to re-energize your body and mind from head to toe.
Stretch Your Neck
Bring both arms behind your back and grab your left wrist with your right hand. Gently pull your left arm downward towards the right as you tilt your head to the right, so you feel a stretch on the left side of your neck. Hold for ten seconds, then alternate sides.
Stretch Your Arms and Shoulders
Extend your arms over your head and grasp the elbow of your right arm with your left hand and gently pull the elbow behind your head very slowly and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on your other arm.
Stretch Your Lower Back and Hamstrings
Sit straight up on the ground with your right leg extended straight and your left leg bent at the knee. Using your hands to support you on both sides, cross your left foot over your right thigh above the knee and place it on the ground. Place your right elbow on your left knee to control your leg. With your left hand planted on the ground behind you, slowly turn your head and rotate your upper body to look over your left shoulder. Hold for 15 seconds, release slowly, and then repeat on your other leg.
Stretch Your Hips
Stand straight up and bend your right leg back toward y
our rear and take a hold of your right foot with your left hand, using a wall to balance if needed. Pull your foot towards your buttocks and feel the stretch in your quadriceps and hips. Hold for 30 seconds, then alternate legs.
Stretch Your Legs
While seated on the floor, extend one leg straight out from your body. If you can reach your toes, pull them back toward your shin as far as you can and hold the foot dorsiflexed for 10 seconds. If you can't reach your toes, lean forward and reach as far as possible toward your toes, while flexing your foot back and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on each leg.
Stretch Your Calves
Stand one to two feet away from a wall with your toes pointed toward the wall and rest your forearms against the wall with your head resting on your hands. Bend one leg and place your foot ahead of the other with your big toe touching the wall, leaving your other leg straight. Slowly move your hips forward until you feel the stretch in the calf of your straight leg, making sure your heel of that leg does not leave the ground. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, making sure not to bounce, then alternate legs.
Stretch Your Feet and Ankles
While sitting on the ground, grasp one leg, elevating it off the ground. Take hold of your foot and gently rotate your ankle clockwise and counter-clockwise 10 to 20 times in each direction. Repeat on both ankles.
These stretches are not only good for the body; they are great for the mind too. Stepping away from the chaos for a few minutes of stretching will help you to relax the mind and rejuvenate your body. While you are so busy taking care of others, don't forget to take care of yourself!
THE NEW FABRIC ON THE SCENE
I have heard some people say that old scrubs make the best jammies because they are soft and comfy. The problem is by the time they get to that soft comfy stage, they probably don't look very professional to where at work. Problem solved! The new fabrics the mills and manufacturers are coming out with are soft and comfy from day one!
How great would it be if scrubs could look great, feel good, stretch and move we we do, and what the heck, as long as we are asking, how about help to keep us safe? What features do you look for in the fabric your scrubs are made from?
It seams like every few months someone comes out with something new in fabric. Here is a brief overview of some of the newer, more interesting fabrics and their features that make them special. I think they are worth a look.
The EON collection by Maevn introduces COOLMAX® fabric technology. 59% Polyester / 22% Rayon / 13% Elasterell-P Dupont Certified Fabric. See a video explaining the science behind it at https://coolmax.com/en/Technologies-and-Innovations/COOLMAX-technologies/CORE This technology employs specially engineered fibers that draw moisture away from the skin, keeping the wearer cool and dry. The lightweight, soft and breathable mesh material combined with our styling gives you a touch of sleek performance while maintaining a professional look. EON fabric is designed to be a wash and wear material that dries fast, is wrinkle resistant with minimal shrinkage.
Sapphire scrubs combine high-end fashion design with features that are essential for an active career. This unique attire features color-rich, four-way stretch fabric 62% Polyester / 34% Rayon / 4% Spandex Soft Stretch Twill with antimicrobial technology that drapes beautifully and looks simply stunning in the workplace. Sapphire is soft, cool and sophisticated. It's sure to become the favored attire of healthcare professional every working day!
Code Happy Scrubs are designed for the professional who demands quality and contemporary styling, functional details and above all, comfort. Everybody wants to be happy, but there is always something that precedes happiness - feeling safe and secure. That's why Code Happy Scrubs are made with Anti-Microbial and Fluid Barrier technologies for added protection. Comfortable, safe and fun - Code Happy!
Certainty® 63% Polyester / 34% Cotton / 3% Spandex Antimicrobial Poplin Provides long-lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria: - Inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeast and algae - Minimizes odors and stains due to bacteria - Prolongs the useful life of the garment
Certainty Plus® 63% Polyester / 34% Cotton / 3% Spandex Antimicrobial Poplin Provides long-lasting freshness and reliable protection against unwanted bacteria: - Inhibits the growth of bacteria, yeast and algae
- Minimizes odors and stains due to bacteria - Prolongs the useful life of the garment
- NANOTEX® Fluid Barrier resists spills, is breathable and is durable for long-lasting protection.
FastDry®, Stain Breaker®, Rugged Flex® technology for quick wicking, stain releasing and ease of movement, Our innovative fabric uses FastDry® technology to wick away sweat to keep you dry, Stain Breaker® technology to release stains, and Rugged Flex® technology to provide stretch so it moves with you. The Cross-Flex fabric is made from 94% Polyester / 6% Spandex Stretch Dobby Fabric.
Scrub fabric has come a long way over the years, as has the fashion and styles for health care uniforms. We strive to have the latest and greatest on our site for you sometimes even before you can find them in the stores. Most of the manufacturers we work with do several updates to their lines a year, so don't forget to check back often to see what is new in healthcare apparel. You can find the newest items added in the middle of our home page under the heading of "Latest Arrivals".
Dear UAS Customer,
We have traditionally ceased most of our email marketing because we don't want to overwhelm you with emails, however we thought that If you are looking to buy scrubs this shopping season, you might buy from us.
So, as a thank you for your past business and to show our appreciation of you supporting Small Business by making your purchase with UniformsAndScrubs.com, we have put our entire site On Sale!
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Thank you for your support, have a great holiday season,
The UAS Team
Oh My Aching Feet!
Let's face it; if your feet hurt; you are not at your best. Remember when we were kids and we could run barefoot all summer long without a thought? Sorry, but those days are over. Now at the end of an 8 or 12 hour shift all you want to do is get those shoes off and rub your aching feet. The dogs are barking, but we have some tips to tame those puppies!
The 500 Mile Limit = Replace Every 3 to 6 Months. The typical athletic shoe is only built to last 350 to 500 miles. While walkers are not pounding their shoes as hard as runners, you are unlikely to still get good support and cushioning past 500 miles. Your weight is also a factor -- the more you weigh, the faster your shoes will wear out. If you are walking 30 minutes a day, or an average of 3 to 4 hours a week, replace your shoes every six months. If you are walking 60 minutes a day or an average of 7 hours a week, replace your shoes every three months.
"Walkers wear their shoes way too long," says Bonnie Stein, a racewalking coach in Redington Shores, FL. "They'll show me their soles and say, 'See, my shoes still have treads.' But well before your treads wear, your midsole shock absorbers die." At that point, your feet have to take over the shock-absorbing job. The result: chronic foot pain.
Here are a couple of tips to determine when it's time to buy a new pair of walking shoes.
Since looks can be deceiving, Stein suggests you rely on the following criteria to determine when your shoes are ready for retirement:
If you walk for 45 minutes to an hour a pop, three times a week, get a new pair of shoes every 5 months.
If you walk that distance four times a week, hit the shoe store every 4 months.
Walk that far five times a week? Get replacements every 3 months.
Date your treads. Not sure when you bought your last pair of sneaks--and, therefore, don't know when to replace them? Spring for a new set now, and write the purchase date in the instep (or somewhere else where it won't rub off) in ink as soon as you leave the store.
According to the research we did the average nurse walks four miles per shift. So based on that with an average of five 8 hour shifts or three to four 12 hour shifts per week, we would recommend, if you are using an athletic shoe, that you replace it every three months.
According to a chat room we looked at, http://allnurses.com/nursing-scrubs-uniforms/if-you-wear-980648.html , it sounds like the Dansko shoes hold up longer than the department store athletic shoes. You can find our full line of Dansko Shoes at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/dansko.html .
What is a great pair of shoes without a good pair of socks? The socks you wear should not just to match your outfit. They need to be able to cushion, support and wick away moisture to keep your feet comfy and healthy. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/socks.html
Take a look at this great bit of info we found on line by a DPM. http://www.drpribut.com/sports/walkingshoe_fit.html
Great insight into what type of shoe you may need depending on your personal foot issues.
Please do not let this information replace your own doctor's diagnosis. If, no matter what you wear, your feet still hurt, please seek professional help.
IT'S FREEZING IN HERE!
How to stay warm at work when you don't have control of the thermostat:
Let's face it; scrubs for the most part are not very good at insulating you from the cold. As a matter of fact, many of them brag about how cool they are, and talk about their moisture wicking properties. Well what if you are that person who is always cold at work? Let's take a look at some options for warmth, comfort and style.
The first thing I like to go for once the cooler weather starts are the layering tee shirts. We have them in short sleeve, long sleeve, thumb hole sleeve, solid color, tone on tone burnout prints, stripes, ladies and men's styles. Here is where you will find them: http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/tees.html?limit=96
Ok, now that we have our layering tee's, let's find a jacket.
If you are super chilly then go for the fleece! Landau makes style number 3505 in Black, Navy and White. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/workflowtm-women-s-warm-up.html
How about a hoodie? Grey's Anatomy Active #4454 http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/grey-s-anatomytm-active-zip-front-hoodie.html
Here are some zip up jackets that look good enough to wear outside of work.
Koi Sapphire Sweater 429 http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/jackets/koi-sapphire-fefe-sweater.html
Jackets for men can be found here: http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/jackets.html?fit=2909
Jackets for ladies can be found here: http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/jackets.html?gender=1692
I think that will take care of the top half, but what about your lower half? Well short of wearing insulated Long Johns and wool socks, may I suggest going with pants that are made of the fabrics that are a bit thicker / tighter weave. The "economy" lines are great for your budget, but most of them are made from a lighter weight fabric. Just to give you an example, ScrubZone, the economy line made by Landau, is made from a 4.25oz fabric. The standard Landau scrubs are made from 4.60oz fabric. This is the weight per yard of the fabric, so the 4.60oz fabric has a tighter weave and will be warmer. (I am comparing ScrubZone 85221 to Landau 7602 unisex pants) It doesn't sound like a lot, but it will make a difference in not only the warmth of the garment but also the number of wears / washes it will hold up for.
Some of the high tech blended fabrics like the Jockey line are 5.5oz; almost a full ounce heavier per yard of fabric than the basic scrub fabrics! You can find those at: http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/jockey-scrubs.html The Barco NRG is another good option at 5.2oz fabric weight. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/nrg.html
You can go a step further and find garments made from brushed fabric. What this means is that the fabric has been physically abraded on the surface to give is a softer feel. To do this process they need to start with fabric that is at least ½ ounce heavier than normal. Another good trigger word to look for is twill. If you see the words, brushed or twill in the fabric description you have found a thicker fabric with a bit more insulation!
On each item you see on our site, we put a complete description along with laundering instructions and info on the fabric content and weight. You will find this helpful information just below the color and size selection of each item.
Don't forget your feet! Cold toes are miserable. We have a wide range of socks in tab cut, quarter crew, crew length, and knee highs with mild compression.
They can be found here in solids and some fun and funky colors: http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/socks.html
Do you need more help to stay warm? You're not the only one.
People are talking about it. Here are some discussions we found.
Bend and Stretch; Reach for the Stars!
Ok, for those of you who are as old as I am, you know that was a reference to Romper Room. It was a pre-school learning show that started back in 1953 and was on the air until 1994. Miss Lois, the hostess for the version that aired in St.Louis during the 1960s, would get all us little kids to touch our toes then stretch our arms way up in the air while singing "Bend and stretch, reach for the stars; there goes Jupiter, here comes Mars."
Now that I have given away my age, let's talk about the new stretch fabrics. This will be a rundown of the stretch fabrics available in today's healthcare apparel and where you can find them.
Pay special attention to fabric content and any key words. We all know that cotton is very breathable, but some of the new tech fabrics are designed for moisture wicking to keep you dry and comfortable. Most of the fabrics have two way stretch ;side to side which is great, but a few have four way stretch; side to side & up and down! Take note also of the amount of spandex. Some of the fabrics below even have antimicrobial properties and one even has an amazing fabric that will stop a rip from spreading if you snag the garment!
Pick your fabric, click the link, and see the all the styles available to allow you to bend, stretch and look good while caring for others.
Jockey: Tri-Blend 72% Polyester / 21% Rayon / 7% Spandex 5.5oz Fabric
Barco NRG: ArcFlex™ Stretchy 74% Poly / 22% Rayon / 4% Spandex 5.2oz Fabric
Med Couture: 55% Cotton/42% Polyester/ 3% Spandex E-Z Flex Stretch
Urbane Ultimate: 54% Rayon / 44% Polyester / 2% Spandex
Urbane Performance: 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex 4-Way Stretch
Cherokee WorkWear Core Stretch: 55% Cotton / 42% Polyester / 3% Spandex
White Swan Bio Stretch: 55% Cotton / 42% Polyester / 3% Spandex
Smitten by Landau: 87% Polyester / 13% Spandex
Barco Grey's Anatomy Signature: 71% Polyester / 24% Rayon / 5% Spandex
WonderWink WonderFlex: 52% Cotton / 45% Polyester / 3% Spandex
Landau Workflow: 53% Cotton / 44% Polyester / 3% Spandex
Cherokee Luxe: 51% Polyester / 46% Rayon / 3% Spandex
WonderWink Four-Stretch: 100% Polyester 4-Stretch
Dickies Gen Flex: 52% Cotton / 45%Polyester / 3% Spandex Twill
Dickies Xtreme Stretch: 75% Polyester / 21% Rayon / 4% Spandex Twill with 4-Way Stretch
Landau Ripstop Stretch: 84% Cotton / 13% Polyester / 3% Span Stretch Ripstop
Cherokee HeartSoul: 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex Fine Dobby
Med Couture ViVi: Infinity Touch 63% Polyester / 34% Rayon / 3% Spandex
Landau Lynx : 87% Polyester / 13% Spandex VersTec™ 4-way stretch
Carhartt Cross-Flex: 94% Polyester / 6% Spandex Stretch Dobby Fabric
Dickies EDS Signature Stretch: 55% Cotton / 43% Polyester / 2% Spandex Poplin
Smitten Bliss: 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex Ponte Knit Bliss Fabric
Cherokee Sapphire: 62% Polyester / 34% Rayon / 4% Spandex Soft Stretch Twill with Certainty® antimicrobial technology
Koi Sapphire: 73% Polyester / 22% Rayon / 5% Spandex 4-way stretch
Maevn Blossom: 52% Cotton / 45% Polyester / 3% Spandex
Maevn Prima Flex : 52% Cotton / 35% Polyester / 13% Elasterell-P Dupont Certified Moisture Wicking Stretch
Barco One: 50% Polyester / 43% Recycled Polyester / 7% Spandex, 4-way Stretch, Moisture Wicking
Koi Lite: 100% Polyester Dobby Performance Stretch
Cherokee Careisma: 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex Soft Stretch Twill with Certainty® antimicrobial technology
Med Couture Activate: 95% Polyester / 5% Spandex 4 Way Energy Stretch
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
I was on the phone the other day with a person wanting to order scrubs for their new job. They said, "I need to order scrub tops and pants in the color wine." I asked what brand name of scrub they like. They replied, "I don't care, as long as they are wine in color and comfortable, that is all I care about."
We get a lot of calls like that from folks who don't care about a brand name; in converse, we get just as many calls from people who say they will wear nothing but their brand of choice. So, on what side of the issue are you? Do you not care about the name brand of the garment? Or do you find a brand you like as stick with them?
The brand names that have been around for years, Landau, White Swan, Barco, Cherokee, and Peaches are always popular, but even they are playing the "name game" trying to win your loyalty. Some of the manufacturers are even partnering with celebrities like Sofia Vergara's Careisma line, TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and other companies outside the scrub world like Jockey and Dickies to obtain the all-powerful brand recognition.
We had a person call worried that she was not getting what she ordered because the email notice we sent told her that her order was shipping from Landau's warehouse. She had ordered Urbane Scrubs. Guess what. Landau makes the Urbane Scrubs line! They also make ScrubZone, Smitten, WorkFlow and Lynx.
We would be interested to know what drives you when you are shopping for your uniforms. Do you look for the brand name first and foremost, or not? We would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a breakdown on some of the major manufacturers you may have known for years; and the new names they are now using in an effort to win new customers.
Ugh! I can't make it through this shift!
Feeling drained before the end of your twelve hour shift at the hospital? These quick snacks will boost your energy and get you through your shift without making you need to buy the next size up on your scrubs. Just remember like Mom used to say, "All things in moderation."
- 1.Trail Mix – toss together mixed nuts, dried fruit and maybe tiny bits of dark chocolate. Pack in snack size zip lock bags for a quick and easy energy boost. Some recipe ideas can be found at http://greatist.com/health/21-healthier-trail-mix-ideas
- 2.Apple or Banana with Peanut Butter. You can get many varieties of Peanut or other Nut Butters in single serving sizes.
- 3.String Cheese – good protein and add a few grapes for some carbs.
- 4.Celery sticks with peanut butter.
- 5.Hard Boiled Egg
- 7.KIND bars – Unlike most bars, these are available in low-sugar, high-fiber and high protein options.
- 8.Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers
- 9.Whole Grain Cereal – a zip lock bag of HoneyNut Cheerios are my favorite.
- 10.Bag-O-Berries - Put a handful of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries or a mix of all of them in a bag for portable power .
According to Women's Health Magazine http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/best-energy-drinks
The average 12 oz. cola drink has 35-40 mg caffeine, 143 calories, 39 carbs. Not the best choice.
The best healthy energy drinks are:
V8 V-FUSION + ENERGY PEACH MANGO Along with its green tea-fueled boost, each can provides one full serving of produce and an entire day's worth of vitamin C. Per 8 oz: 50 cal, 0 g fat, 13 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 50 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 80 mg caffeine My pick for the go to liquid energy!
STARBUCKS REFRESHERS BLUEBERRY ACAI This lightly sparkling beverage gets its pep from green coffee extract; an added immune benefit comes courtesy of vitamin C and ginseng. Per 12 oz: 90 cal, 0 g fat, 26 g carbs, 20 g sugar, 5 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 50 mg caffeine
ZOLA COCONUT WATER WITH ESPRESSO - Naturally sweet coconut water plus coffee deliver a caffeine kick and electrolytes to keep you hydrated. Per 8 oz: 60 cal, 0 g fat, 13 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 115 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 57 mg caffeine
YOGI SWEET TANGERINE POSITIVE ENERGY TEA - This aromatic blend of black and green tea has a combination of ayurvedic herbs traditionally used to enhance good moods. Therapy, bottled. Per bag: 0 cal, 0 g fat, 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein, 80 mg caffeine
o bleach or not to bleach, that is the question…
And the answer is NO to Chlorine Bleach!
We have poled every uniform manufacturer we work with and it is unanimous, DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH!
Even when asked about the white lab coats, they all say the same thing, if you feel you must use some type of bleach, it should be a non-chlorine color safe bleach. (This is super important for lab coats with your awesome monogram or other custom logo embroidery! Yes we can do that!)
So what about the good old fashioned way of getting white to look dazzling white? Plain and simple, according to the manufacturers the chlorine bleach is doing more harm to the fabric than good. (Not to mention the frustrating times when bleach residue is left in the washer and you put your favorite top in with the next load and it comes out with spots!) You can achieve the same level of bright white using the non-chlorine color safe bleaches available on the market today.
Laundering instructions for lab coats:
Landau: Machine wash Cold . Do not bleach, Tumble dry warm . Remove promptly. Iron low heat setting
Barco / Grey's Anatomy: Machine wash warm with like colors. Use only non- chlorine bleach is necessary. Tumble dry low. Remove promptly. Iron low if necessary
White Swan / Meta : Machine wash warm with like colors; Permanent press cycle. Use only non-chlorine bleach. Tumble dry medium. Remove promptly. Warm iron if desired.
Cherokee / Dickies: Machine wash cold with like colors. Do not bleach. Mild soaps recommended. Tumble dry low.
MedCouture / Peaches : Machine wash cold with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Low iron, if needed. Do not dry clean.
WonderWink: Machine wash warm with like colors. No bleach. Tumble dry low. Warm iron when needed.
Koi: Turn garment inside out to wash and dry. Machine wash warm with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low, remove promptly.
Laundering instructions for colors:
Landau: Machine wash warm . Do not bleach, Tumble dry warm . Remove promptly. Iron low heat setting.
Barco / Grey's Anatomy: Machine Wash COLD with Like Colors Use Non-Chlorine Bleach If Necessary Tumble Dry Low Iron Low If Necessary
Jockey: Wash before wearing. Machine wash in cold with like colors. Use only non-chlorine bleach. Gently cycle. Tumble dry low. Remove promptly.
Cherokee / Dickies: Machine wash cold with like colors. Do not bleach. Mild soaps recommended. Tumble dry low.
MedCouture / Peaches: Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low setting. Use cool iron, if necessary.
Koi: Turn garment inside out to wash and dry. Machine wash warm with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low, remove promptly.
White Swan F3 FKA Fundamentals: Machine wash warm with like colors, Permanent press cycle Use only non-chlorine bleach Tumble dry medium Remove promptly Warm iron if desired
( You can find laundering instructions for each item in the product description tab marked Fabric & Care.)
Ok, I think we have the hint. No chlorine bleach. So, what about those difficult stains? Please refer to our blog post BLOOD, CHEMICALS AND STAINS, OH MY! From about six months ago.
(Here it is so you don't have to go searching for it.)
Blood, chemicals and stains, oh my!
There's no denial that soon after purchasing those fresh and oh so clean scrubs, something will spill and stain them. As a nurse or any medical professional, you spend your day dealing with the inevitable, body fluids, dyes and more of all kinds, so what are the magic secrets to getting all those stains out?
Sometimes you just don't have the freedom to rush to a sink and start soaking the stains, but when you can, get to the sink and start the stain removal process ASAP. Acting quickly will help from keeping the stains from settlings in.
Begin by blotting off all excess fluids and rinsing with the correct water treatment based on the type of stain. Knowing the best practices for removing the common medical stains will save you many scrubs over the long haul. We've gathered just a few of the most common scrub stains and what to do to get them clean again!
Blood Stains: Start by soaking in COLD water. Avoiding hot water will help from keeping the blood settling in further. Rub in a bit of heavy duty laundry detergent, one with enzymes (Tide, or many other common household brands are perfect for this!). Let the detergent sit for 10 minutes, and then wash as normal. Before you dry your scrubs, make sure to check for any stain remainders, and treat again if needed. Blood can be one of the trickiest stains to remove.
Special Tip: Blood stains can easily be removed with the salvia from the person's whose blood is on your scrubs. If it's your own blood, toss a little spit onto the scrubs and let soak in before washing as normal.
Medications: Many medications are mixed with an added dye – you'll need a color safe bleach solution for getting the dye removed from your scrubs. Soak the garment for up to 8 hours in the beach and wash with WARM water as normal.
Vomit and Feces: Much like blood stains, these should also be treated as quick as possible with COLD water to help break down and wash away the stains. Avoid rubbing with a cloth or any other objects to keep the stains from being pressed deeper. Again, flush with a steady stream of cold water and spot- treat with a laundry detergent before washing. Got a funky odor along with the stain? Add in ½ cup of baking soda or distilled white vinegar to the wash.
Ointment: The dreaded oil based stains qualify for a HOT water treatment. Again, apply a heavy laundry detergent spot treatment. After letting the detergent soak in for 10 minutes or more, wash through a full cycle in HOT water.