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THUMB HOLES – FUNCTION OR FASHION

By Michael McGrath 10 days ago 27 Views No comments

THUMB HOLES – FUNCTION OR FASHION?

We are seeing thumb holes on long sleeve tee shirts and on jackets. So are they just a funky fashion or do they actually serve a purpose? I lost myself in an extended Google Search to see what the world has to say about the thumb hole or, thumb holster, as I found some are calling it.

We found multiple sites for hikers, climbers, and cyclists praising the thumb hole/holster for keeping the sleeve from riding up during their activities. Cold weather sports enthusiasts say the thumb hole in the long sleeve tee makes it easier to layer garments over the tee without the sleeve of the tee bunching up (one person called that an armpit wedgie). They also praise the thumb holster for preventing exposed skin at the wrist above the glove and below the sleeve of a jacket or coat.

In the last several years the extra-long sleeve, as is found in the tees with the thumb hole, are in fashion; especially with the younger generation. I found one fashion article that referred to them as "hobo mitts". https://youlookfab.com/welookfab/topic/anyone-else-a-fan-of-thumb-holes

So I guess the answer to my original question," Function or Fashion?" would be yes both! So what about in scrubs? We would say again the answer is yes, both function and fashion. Healthcare apparel has always followed street clothes fashion trends and believe it or not, the thumb hole may even have a practical use in the health care field.

We have all worked in that hospital or office that has the A/C set on Arctic Freeze setting, so a little bit of extra coverage is a welcome thing. I was surprised to see how easily latex cloves slip on over the extended sleeve to form an additional barrier for protection.

You can find an assortment of Tee Shirts and Jackets with the functional and fashionable thumb holster on our site by typing the word "thumb" in our search tool. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=thumb

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR STETHOSCOPE?

By Michael McGrath 1 month ago 65 Views No comments

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR STETHOSCOPE?

We found this interesting and knew you would also.

JUL 18, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF

Most practitioners do not give the cleanliness of their stethoscopes much thought, but the results of a new study from the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) are going to want to make them rethink their disinfection practices. Here is a link to the full article. http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(17)30104-9/fulltext

Hand hygiene remains the main focus of many infection control and prevention programs; however, according to the AJIC study, "microbiology data have shown that stethoscope contamination after a single exam is comparable to that of the physician's dominant hand." The types of bacteria the scope could be contaminated with can include: Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Clostridium difficile, and even vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Previous studies have shown that hand sanitizer used to clean clinicians' hands between encounters is also able to effectively clean stethoscopes. Still, "healthcare providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters, despite its importance for infection prevention, [and the fact that] the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that re-usable medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, must undergo disinfection between patients," according to a recent email press release on the study. In fact, a previous study the researchers highlight found that stethoscope hygiene was performed in, "an observed rate of 4.6% of trainees at 3 academic medical centers for non-isolation rooms over an 11-month period."

With this history in mind, the researchers on the AJIC study deployed a "quality improvement pilot project in which they observed stethoscope hygiene [in the form of] (alcohol swabs, alcohol gel, or disinfectant wipes) at the start of a 4-week rotation for medical students, resident physicians, and attending physicians at tertiary care Department of Veterans Affairs hospital academic teaching hospital," according to the press release. The observers were attending hospitalists who were not involved in the clinical care of the patients, and observations were made from the hallways outside of patient rooms. The results showed that none of the clinicians observed in the project performed stethoscope hygiene (128 initial observations).

The clinicians were then educated on the importance of stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters through an interactive PowerPoint presentation, a resident report with the attendings, nursing staff meetings, and laminated reminder flyers posted at the nursing units. Clinicians were advised that, "either alcohol swabs or hand sanitizer were acceptable and equivalent (excluding Clostridium difficile) [and] was the expectation for stethoscope hygiene between each encounter," study authors write.

Despite the education efforts, the availability of disinfection products, and advising the clinicians that there would be additional monitoring, the researchers found that during the follow-up phase, none of the clinicians performed stethoscope hygiene (41 post-intervention observations).

The researchers noted that the study was not without limitations, such as the fact that observations were made outside of patient rooms, and the number of post-intervention observations was low. Despite these limitations, however, the researchers believe the results highlight an "often overlooked infection control issue by discovering how rarely stethoscope hygiene is done." To this end, they suggest that, "perhaps accountability can be increased by designating a team member, such as a senior resident physician, to be the team leader and champion to remind and ensure that stethoscope and hand hygiene are performed. It would be interesting to see if adding stethoscope and hand hygiene to the end-of-rotation provider evaluations makes a difference."

You can read this and other articles that are vital to your profession on www.contagionlive.com

Cleaning instructions from MDF Instruments:

Use alcohol to clean the ear tips and to wipe the diaphragm of your stethoscope.

Use warm water or mild detergent and a clean rag to clean the tubing of your stethoscope and allow to air dry.

Do not use acidic or alkaline cleaners on stethoscope, use only isopropyl alcohol.

Cleaning instructions from Littmann: 3M recommends cleaning Littmann stethoscopes in-between every patient with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution or wipe. Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid or subject it to any sterilization process. If your stethoscope needs to be disinfected, wipe with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid, or subject it to any sterilization process. Keep your stethoscope away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils. Tunable diaphragms can be removed from the chestpiece and their surfaces wiped with alcohol or soapy water. Dry all parts thoroughly before reassembly. Eartips can be removed from the eartubes for thorough cleaning. For safety, snap eartips firmly back onto the ribbed ends of the eartubes.

THE LINE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY

By Michael McGrath 2 months ago 143 Views No comments

The line between work and play can be fuzzy in some fields. Professional Athletes get paid to "play" a game. They put on their uniform that is designed to be comfortable and attractive and head to "work". The clothes they wear to do their work/play are suited to their sport and won't be restrictive to their movement but will still protect them.

This same concept has moved into the field of Healthcare Apparel. Not only are we now using high tech fabrics that wick away moisture, have antibacterial and antimicrobial features, are more breathable to keep you cool, and stay looking great through a long shift, but they now have a sporty look!

This is the next "new thing" in healthcare apparel; garments designed like sports or active wear. Many of these styles you can go straight from work to the gym without missing a beat.

Activate by Med Couture® is a collection that provides a 4-Way Stretch fabric that works as hard as you do. The fabric provides comfort and freedom of movement and is breathable to keep you cool. The wicking technology pulls moisture away from your body to keep you dry all day long. Throw it in the wash because it is wrinkle resistant for easy care. This line even comes with a matching Sports Bra #3059. It looks as great as it feels, you will love this collection! http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/activate.html

Grey's Anatomy™ ACTIVE has vibrant details with a playful influence and pops of color are woven throughout this "active wear inspired" collection sure to keep them energized. Lives can change in a heartbeat, so our Grey's Anatomy™ ACTIVE is designed to stay one-step-ahead of every critical turn by providing freshness and all-day endurance when it counts the most. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/ga-active.html

Carhartt Cross-Flex 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. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cross-flex.html

Performance RX With Athleisure no longer being a trend but a lifestyle, you are looking for comfort. Comfort and function are exceptionally relevant and critical for you as you spend your shifts bending, lifting and stretching. The Performance RX collection is an outstanding choice as it provides innovative fabric that wicks moisture, is omni-stretch and antimicrobial. This collection is also great because it offers on-trend athletic styling and fit, core colors and extended sizes. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/performancerx.html

At Smitten, it's not just about style, it's an attitude. Smitten Scrubs are for women who are fun, sassy, sexy, smart and confident. Above all else, they like to rock their style on and off the job. Smitten is a statement, so 'Wear it Out'! Our lush fabrics are so soft you'll swear they fell from heaven. Available in a variety of brilliant colors, our Smitten Scrubs stay true to form and drape beautifully. There is no need for forgiveness, cause' cool is eternal. Smitten's unique details make every piece fashionable, whether you wear your scrubs for yourself or as part of a group. From motorcycle inspired motifs to rock star infused descriptions, every element is meticulously designed to offer you the most innovative scrubs in the business. Smitten Scrubs are a legend in the making! Like your favorite rock star, Smitten Scrubs are effortlessly cool. They'll fit like a glove and feel like they were made just for you. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/smitten.html

Barco One™ with Arctech™ is a breakthrough high-performance fabric technology. This is a first in the healthcare apparel industry. Cut and designed from a most innovative sustainable fabric right in the USA; the advanced technical qualities make this fabric ultra-cool, weightless and breathable. 50% Polyester / 43% Recycled Polyester / 7% Spandex

5 points of performance: Recycled fabric, 4-way Stretch, Soil Release, Moisture Wicking, Wrinkle Resistant http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/barco-one.html

We know you will love the new sporty fit and feel of the active wear styling. Running on the treadmill or running non-stop on your shift at work; you will be comfortable and look great from the start to the finish line!

​​Monogramming & Custom Logo Embroidery​

By Michael McGrath 3 months ago 240 Views No comments

Monogramming & Custom Logo Embroidery

If you want to look professional, you need good quality uniforms that fit well and have the right shape and drape for your frame. Some of our previous blog posts can help you with finding the right size, style and fabric for your body type and you occupation. Now if you want to take it to the next level; consider monogramming or custom logo embroidery.

We work with three manufacturers that offer these services on their garments. They are Landau, Barco and White Swan. Each of these manufacturers will embroider either a standard monogram with up to three lines, or a custom logo, on any top, jacket or coat that they make under all their lines.

For standard monogramming we offer two fonts; a block print or a script. We can do up to three 28 space lines using a 3/8" font size. (Larger font sizes available with a max of 17 spaces)

LANDAU MONOGRAMMING: 1st line $4.75, 2nd line $1.50, 3rd line $1.50

Available on: Landau, Smitten, Urbane, Lynx, All Day, ScrubZone, Work Flow


BARCO MONOGRAMMING: $4.75 per line up to three lines

Available on: Barco, Grey's Anatomy, Barco One, NRG, KD110,

WHITE SWAN MONOGRAMMING: 1ST line $4.75, 2nd line $3.75, 3rd line $3.50

Available on: White Swan Fundamental, Meta, Jockey, Bio, Five Star Chef

Please keep in mind the limitations of space when choosing your monogram location, the font size and the number of lines of monogramming. Some lab coats have a wider lapel, so if you are putting three lines of monogramming above the chest pocket, you may run into a problem with the lapel covering part of your monogram. You can always use two locations! Put your name on one line above the pocket, then your facility name or other information on the opposite chest.

We will embroider the name as it is typed. Spelling, capitalization and punctuation will be duplicated on the monogram as you have entered it, so please double check prior to submitting the order! Monogrammed items will not be replaced due to spelling, capitalization or punctuation errors made by the customer. Sales on embroidered items are final, so please make sure of your size prior to adding embroidery.

CUSTOM LOGO EMBROIDERY:

For custom logo embroidery, you may email your logo in JPG format to sherris@uniformsandscrubs.com . If you know the pan tone color codes for the thread colors in your logo, please include those. We will also need to know the size you want the logo, width and height. Please also include your contact information. We will then give you a quote for the one time logo setup fee and the embroidery charge per garment for your logo. The price to have your garment embroidered with your logo is based on the stitch count of your logo and starts at around $5.99. The setup fee is also based on your logo stitch count and starts at $85.00. The one-time set up fee will be applied to your first order. If you already have your logo digitized and can provide us with the DST file, the setup fee will be waived.

We will send you the quote for setup of the logo and embroidery charge per garment. Once that is approved we will send you an image of the stitch out of your logo for your approval. Once approved, we will be ready to start stitching! We will also keep your logo on file for all your future orders.

Please be aware that logos that are trademarked / registered will require permission from an authorized representative of the company who owns the logo in order for us to use the image.

If you have any questions about monogramming or custom logo embroidery, please feel free to contact our customer service staff by phone 855-391-9200, email: customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com, or live chat during regular business hours.

GETTING AND KEEPING MATCHING COLOR ON TOPS AND BOTTOMS

By Michael McGrath 4 months ago 284 Views No comments

GETTING AND KEEPING MATCHING COLOR ON TOPS AND BOTTOMS

We know you want to look professional and put together on the job, and nothing can spoil that faster than a top and pant that is not a good match in color. Here are some tips to get a good match and keep them looking great together as simple as 1, 2, 3!

1.Buy tops and pants at the same time.
2.Buy tops and pants from, not just the same brand, but the same line within the brand.
3.Follow the manufacturer's laundering instructions and wash the top and pant together.

#1 Buy tops and pants at the same time. Have you ever heard of "dye lots"? Fabric is dyed in large batches called dye lots. From one dye lot to another, there can be a slight difference in shade. If you buy the top and the bottom at the same time, you are much more likely to get them from the same dye lot, thus ensuring an exact color match.

#2 Buy tops and pants from, not just the same brand name, but the same "line" within the brand. I am using the WonderWink brand for today's example. Under the brand name of WonderWink you will fine multiple "lines" of uniforms made of different fabrics.

WONDERWINK ORIGINS 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Poplin

WONDERFLEX 52% Cotton / 45% Polyester / 3% Spandex

WONDERWORK 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Active Twill

WONDERWINK FOUR-STRETCH 100% Polyester 4-Stretch

The fabric content causes the cloth to grab and hold the dye differently from one blend to another. Grabbing the dye refers to the way the dye is absorbed by the fibers in the fabric. Holding the dye refers to the way the garment maintains the color over time with wear and washing.

The content of the fabric and the weave of the fabric will also cause it to reflect light differently. Many uniforms like the WONDERWINK ORIGINS are made from 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton with a "poplin" weave. The WONDERWORK garments are made from the same blend of 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton but the weave is "twill". So what is the difference between Poplin and Twill? Poplin bears a smoother texture but, the result of a fine yarn running one way with a thicker one interweaving it. ... Meanwhile, twill, a shimmery diagonal weave, makes for richly textured fabric.

Darker colors like Navy Blue or Black will be most noticeable in the differences in shade. Sunlight is the true test. A Navy top and pant may look fine when you put them on at home, but then you walk outside in the sunlight and the difference in shade is apparent.

#3 Follow the manufacturers laundering instructions and wash the top and pant together. No matter how well made a garment is, over time, and after multiple washings, they eventually start to fade and loose that "like new" look. Your best defense is to follow the manufacturer's laundering instructions and to always wash the top and pant together. This will ensure the pieces of your outfit will age gracefully together.

You will find both the fabric content and the manufacturer's laundering instructions for each garment in the "Fabric & Care" tab of the product description on our web site. Following these simple steps will keep your uniforms, and you, looking great!

What Size Should I Get?

By Michael McGrath 5 months ago 347 Views No comments

What size should I get?

When choosing your size there are a few things you want to consider. First and foremost, your measurements, chest or bust, waist and hip, are important to know. Also for pants, your inseam length will be needed. To measure correctly, you will need a fabric or other flexible tape measurer.

Bust/Chest: After exhaling, measure around your back and over the fullest part of the chest.

Waist: Wrap tape loosely around your waistline where you would wear a belt.

Hip: With feet shoulder width apart, measure around the widest part of your hip.

Next you will need to be sure to use the correct size chart for the garment you have selected. You will see the size chart link for each item next to the tab you click on to choose your size. You will see there are multiple size charts; one for Women, one for Junior, one for Men and one for Unisex. To determine the correct chart to use, look in the overview of the garment and click on the tab labeled "additional information". This is where you will see what the item you are looking at is considered. For the Junior garments, they may be labeled as Junior or Modern Fit. Ladies regular sized garments may be called Women's , Ladies or Missy. Once you have determined the category for the item, you can then use your measurements you took to select the proper size.

Please remember that some people like their garments to be very form fitted or snug and others like plenty of room to move. Remember that the manufacturer's size chart will guide you to a size that should not be over large, but also not too tight. If you know you like your clothes roomy or form fitting, then you need to adjust your choice of size accordingly.

FOR TOPS you will use the chest/bust measurement as your primary guide, unless you have more of a pear shape, then you will need to take your hip measurement in to account.

Example: Landau 8219 top http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/classic-v-neck-4-pocket-tunic.html

In the "Additional Information" tab, you see it is labeled as Gender: Women's and Fit: Missy. This will use the size chart labeled by Landau as "Women's Apparel".


If your bust measurement is 36" and the rest of your body is proportionate, you would need a size Medium. If your hip measurement is larger than the 38-40 inches for a size medium, you will need to choose the size according to your hip.

You will also need to consider the design of the garment. Some tops are more tailored than others. Princess seams in the description or darts for shaping indicate a more form fitting garment. If a top is either button front or snap front, you will not want it to be too tight. Buttons or snaps being pulled taunt across the bust is not a good look for anyone. Also take in to account the fabric the garment is made from. You will find this also in the overview box under the tab "Fabric & Care"

Our example top 8219 it is made of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton, so that means no give or stretch to the fabric, so please err on the side of caution and go up rather than down a size if you are in the middle.

PANT SIZE & LENGTH: For choosing a size on pants, you will look at the waist and hip measurements. For choosing the inseam length, find a pair of pants that you have and like the length of. Lay them out flat and measure from the center of the crotch down the inside of the leg to the bottom of the pant. That will be the target inseam length you want to go for.

FOR LAB COATS use the chest as your primary measurement like on the tops. Many of the men's lab coats are sized just like a suit coat. Size 38 = a 38" chest measurement. That makes it simple! The ladies coats are either in Alpha sizes like Small, Medium, Large….ect. or they are in Numeric sizes as seen below.

The length of the lab coats are listed on each style. The Landau 3155 found at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/landau-women-s-4-button-38-lab-coat.html

This is a 38" long coat. This measurement is the "Center Back Length" measuring from the seam where the collar is attached to the coat, straight down the back, to the bottom of the coat. This will help you to determine where the bottom of the coat will fall on you.

Some of the coats are available in "Tall or Long" sizes. This option will add 2" to the sleeve length and 2" to the body of the garment. So if a coat is listed as a 38" coat and you order a tall or long size, the length of the coat will then increase to 40".

This information is designed to help you choose the correct size the first time. If you have any questions, you may reach us by email at customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com, by phone at 855-391-9200 or live chat during our regular business hours.

Please be advised that after all the information and help we provide, if an item still does not fit you may follow the return and exchange process detailed at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/returns

​That Was Then And This Is Now.

By Michael McGrath 6 months ago 344 Views No comments

That was then and this is now.

We have been selling scrubs in one form or another since the 90's. So much has changed over the years, including the name. We are now supposed to call them "Health Care Apparel". I was doing some organizing and ran across an old catalog from when we first started in the uniform business. Lots of changes for the better have come down from the manufacturers.

Pockets on the tops are the first thing that I noticed big improvements on.

The basic Landau 8219 ladies V-Neck Tunic went from two simple pockets to a whopping four pockets with pencil and instrument divisions in the pockets. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/classic-v-neck-4-pocket-tunic.html. They did the same with the 8232 top http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/snap-front-top.html and most of the other brands have followed suit to make the tops both fashionable and functional.

Have you been in the health care field long enough to remember the "Weskit Top", with the W shaped hem? And what about the "Knit Cuff Pants"? Some of us have been around long enough to remember when nurses would wear only white and a nursing cap!

Tops also seem to have gotten shorter in the body. Back in the 90's the 8232 snap front tunic was 29" long. Today's version is 27.75" long. The sleeves on the new top styles are also shorter. On most of the only styles the sleeve would come almost to the elbow on most folks, but now they are much shorter. I think that is mostly a fashion change. Most folks like the new length in the body and the sleeve, but we still get the occasional request for something longer in a top for modesty purposes, especially since many of the pants now have a lower rise. They want a longer top to keep from flashing skin when bending over.

Speaking of pants; back in the 90's all the pants had the high waist well above the belly button. Now those are few and far between but you can still get it in a few styles. Many styles in today's market now have what they are calling a "natural waist" at the belly button, or a modern or low rise, below the belly button. Remember when you go from a regular length pant to a petite length, you not only loose length in the leg, but you also loose height in the rise. (Rise is the distance from the crotch to the waist.) The same is true when you go to a tall pant. This gives you extra length in the leg and in the rise.

Another big difference in the pants is the legs. In the 90's the tapered leg was the fashion along with the knit cuff ankle pant. Today, the hot trends are boot cut and straight leg. The boot cut with our without the "vent" (the little slit on the outside) are both very popular in today's styles.

The scrub jackets haven't changed a lot other than the addition of the divided pockets and of course the addition of cell phone pockets. Many of the jackets and lab coats now come with pockets specially designed for our tech toys, phones, tablets, and wireless digital charting tools.

Colors and prints are another area that continued to change year after year. We have seen the market go from all white, to the core colors of White, Ceil Blue, Navy Blue and Teal, to the explosion of color you see now. Do you remember the Denim fad? For a while every manufacturer was getting in on the denim scrubs. They fell off one by one because of the problems with denim. It is the nature of denim to be in a multitude of shades of blue due to the dying process and the fade over time. It was just too difficult to have a top and pant in the same shade so they finally gave up on denim.

The popularity of prints comes and goes. When they first started to be the in thing, it was all florals, then geometric patterns. Next came the cartoon characters and job specific prints such as animals for vets, toothbrushes and smiling teeth for the dental profession, and so on. Right now it seems that prints are not as popular as they once were, maybe due to offices, clinics and hospitals standardizing the staff uniforms.

One of the biggest changes over the years has been the fabrics. We have gone from a simple poly-cotton blend to almost anything you could wish for. Fabrics come in Soft and Silky, Moisture Wicking, Antimicrobial, Stretchy, light weight or warm and fuzzy. You can find several blog posts here we did on the new fabrics in today's market.

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blog/the-new-fabric-on-the-scene.html

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blog/bend-and-stretch-reach-for-the-stars.html

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blog/fabrics-that-do-more-than-look-good.html

We strive to put detailed information about each garment along with multiple images when available of each garment. When you are browsing out site, scroll down below the image for a multi tab information box with an overview of the garment description, additional information along with fabric content and care instructions. If you still need some help, our staff at UniformsAndScrub.com will be happy to help you wade through the many choices out there for the health care professional. You can reach us M-F 8:30am-4:30pm CST on the phone at 855-391-9200 or live chat on our site. During off hours you may reach out to us by email customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com or by leaving a phone message or chat message. Our staff will reply on the next business day.

​You Can't Do the Job Without the Right Tools. You Need a Good Quality Stethoscope

By Michael McGrath 7 months ago 556 Views No comments

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 customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com.

This is one of our best-selling stethoscopes.

Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III™ StethoscopeLittmann Stethoscopes

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/littmann/3mtm-littmannr-cardiology-iii-stethoscope.html

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.

http://www.littmann.com/3M/en_US/littmann-stethoscopes/my-stethoscope/warranty/

MDF Stethoscopes

The MDF line of stethoscopes will be available for a short time. Don't miss out on these.

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

Coming Soon to UniformsAndScrub.com: ADC – American Diagnostic Corporation.

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

By Michael McGrath 8 months ago 389 Views No comments

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.

From http://dailynurse.com/4-best-stretches-nurses/

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.

3. Hula-hoopers

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

By Michael McGrath 9 months ago 665 Views No comments

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.

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/eon.html

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.

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/sapphire-cherokee.html

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!

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/code-happy.html

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.

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cross-flex.html

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".