These days the word of tech is developing at a dizzying speed. What we could have only dreamed of ten years ago can easily now be a reality.
What is new today won’t be new tomorrow. There is always newer and more advanced that is being worked on. If you would’ve mentioned the idea of a self-driving car a few years back, people would’ve said “impossible”, but this may be a reality in the not so distant future.
Sometimes this mind-boggling advancement can feel a bit scary. It is because we want to just hold onto the present time and enjoy the moment before rushing forward with the newest gadget and cool device.
But, these technologically advanced devices and products can really make our life easier, safer, and be more energy efficient. And, today they are adding amazing technology to improve even the most basic of products.
The simple nursing uniform which is worn universally by doctors, nurses and those in the healthcare field is one great example of this phenomenon.
So how can you put technology into a pair of surgical scrubs?
As we can all imagine, working in an environment with sick people such as a hospital, nursing home or clinic will expose the workers to a lot of bacteria and germs.
How do the doctors and nurses who are constant contact with sick people able to protect themselves and not get sick?
There are several ways for those working in a germy environment to protect themselves, and interestingly one of them is with their nursing scrubs.
In order to protect the doctors and nurses, antimicrobial scrubs were created.
Antimicrobial technology is embedded into the fabric of these scrub uniforms which inhibits the growth of bacteria. And the great news is, antimicrobial uniforms also minimize odors and stains, which will make the medical uniform last longer! Now, this is a win-win in my books.
And now they also have Certainty Plus technology, which is antimicrobial + fluid barrier protection. These uniforms are made from a material that will repel liquids, which will provide an extra level of protection to ensure the safety of the wearer.
There are several other ways for the healthcare provider to protect themselves from catching anything from their patients and getting sick.
Here are several ways:
Avoid Unnecessary Contact
Although it may be polite to shake hands with your patient, we need to skip it if they are sick. Nurses and doctors should avoid close contact and only touch when and where it is necessary for their patients to care.
Clean Your Hands!
This one cannot be repeated enough. Constant washing and disinfecting of your hands will wash away any bacteria that came in contact with your hands. Washing and scrubbing with antibacterial soap as soon as you leave a patients room is advised.
Get a Flu Shot
Although this one may seem obvious, it is still worth mentioning since it is so very important. Getting vaccinated against the influenza virus annually is a basic precaution that nurses and doctors are strongly advised to take.
Eat Healthy to Boost Immunity
When working in an environment full of bacteria and pathogens it is of utmost importance to try to boost your immunity to fight any germs you will inevitably come in contact with. Making sure to make good food choices and not skipping meals will help you feel good and keep your body strong to fight anything harmful that comes on its way.
Exercise for Immunity
Another way to boost your immunity is by doing some brisk walking. Even though you may be exhausted at the end of a long shift, taking a brisk walk will go a long way in increasing the number of immune cells. Research shows that those who take a 30-45 minute a day brisk way can reduce their sick days by 40%.
So, if you or your loved one works in the healthcare industry help them protect themselves with some of the above tips and see how technology can work for you!
About the Author
Carol Kalat lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She works as the marketing director for Medical Scrubs Collection, an online nursing uniform store. She enjoys staying on top of the latest nursing news and loves blogging about nurses and healthy lifestyle related topics.