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Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Changes in Hospital Uniforms

Recently, many hospitals have made a shift in uniform requirements.
Where nurses used to greet their pediatric patients with cheery Scooby
Doo scrub tops, which would show that they are amicable and friendly
to the children in that ward, they are now often required to wear one
assigned solid color or a combination of two colors. While many would
think this may stifle individuality, it has become a decision that
many doctors, nurses, and other medical professional respect and
support. Additionally, the patients are relieved by the changes as
well. There aren't too many places people go that create the same
level of anxiety and stress - before even stepping inside - as does a
hospital. Having each department instantly recognizable helps the
patient have confidence in the medical care he or she is about to

Medical scrubs promote a clean, crisp image and first impressions are
very important, not only in personal and business settings, but also
in a hospital where a patient should feel as relaxed and at ease as is
possible. Having the ability to distinguish between nurses, doctors,
and other staff is key in easing a patient's mind and allowing for
them to feel safe knowing who is caring for them and who to call on
when they need medical attention.

Hospitals have made these changes not only for the patient's benefit,
but also for the benefit of the staff. Choosing a nursing uniform is
part of a medical professional's career that has immediate affects on
those they work with as well as those they work around. For example,
in emergency situations, the new requirement to wear color coordinated
nursing scrubs can immediately give nurses and their colleagues a
visual cue, alerting them to who they can call on for assistance even
if they don't know their coworkers.

Nursing scrubs have been a significant part of the nursing field for
over a century. Modern-day medical scrubs do not stop at
functionality and are much more practical for today's faster paced
society. Hospitals realize that a nurse is usually the first person
someone sees when they enter the hospital, and often the last person
they see on their way out. Having the new color requirement ensures
the image hospitals are wanting to maintain and allowing nurses and
other medical professional to be at ease knowing they are wearing the
"right thing." Labor and Delivery Nurse Mary Elias says, "When I am
getting ready for work, the last thing I need to think about is
whether or not something looks 'good' on me or if it's not comfortable
or if it matches. It's nice that the hospital where I work has chosen
the color for me, as that's one less thing to think about in a very
hectic and stressful department. All of my attention needs to be
devoted to my patients and none of my attention needs to be worrying
about what I am wearing." Elias also says, "Don't get me wrong - I do
like to look and feel good at work, so I sometimes throw a little
style in the mix and splurge on a pair of blue sky scrubs, instead of
always wearing the scrubs the hospital provides." At most hospitals,
as long as the color is correct, the brand is the decision of the

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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Everything You Need to Know About Acai Berry

A food item that is getting more press than the President these days
is the Acai (pronounced "ah-sigh-ee") Berry. This 'super fruit' is
getting more and more exposure as it is linked to incredible health
benefits and also supposed to be a miracle ingredient for weight loss
supplements. The question is: Is Acai actually good or bad for you?

The Acai Berry is grown in the Amazon Rain Forest and has been a part
of the diet of the locales for hundreds of years. Believe it or not,
the berry itself is mostly seed (about 90%). When harvested, it is
separated from its pit and pressed and turned into an edible puree.

Antioxidants are all the rage right now and that is where this fruit
gets its nickname, 'the super fruit'. Currently, the blueberry is
recognized as the leader in antioxidants, but the Acai Berry puts it
to shame having a ratio of better than 5:1 over the blueberry. With
numbers like that, it is easy to see where the tag came from!

If you are not familiar with antioxidants, they are what help our
bodies naturally combat many things. Amongst the areas that they help
are: the immune system, maintaining good cholesterol and fighting
heart disease, aids in peaceful sleep, improves digestion and of
course, weigh loss. The last one is the biggy as our entire country is
obsesses with how they look and this fruit is deemed to be at the
heart of the cure for obesity.

Acai has been given as the savior of the obese and weight loss
companies are taking full advantage of it. However, this is also where
Acai gets it bad reputation from. This is an unearned reputation
though as Acai by itself has no side effect, quite the opposite, it
does nothing but improve our health. The actual culprit in this whole
situation is another ingredient that is usually paired up with the
Acai Berry, Guarana. Have no fear, you can purchase a pure Acai
abstract and only get benefits, just beware of any product that also
has Guarana, especially if you have high blood pressure.

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