Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hip Scrubs - Personalizing One’s Nursing Scrubs

Everyone wants to assert their own individuality. One of the ways to show your personality is through the clothes you wear. Fashion can be a powerful statement by which you can freely express yourself without even needing to say anything. Clothing can demonstrate your style, mood and character, and you can utilize fashion at work or play. And today, even medical professionals can enjoy a wider variety of fashion scrubs. Nurses can now choose from an assortment of women’s and men’s scrubs in many colors and designs.

Men’s and women’s scrubs used to include only standard colors like white or blue. Through time, nursing scrubs have evolved with modernity and they now come in fashionable designs that mix comfort and function without having to look boring. Being a medical professional, looking reputable is a must, but looking good with a personal touch is icing on the cake.

When customizing either women’s or men’s scrubs, a lot of things should be taken into consideration. One is hospital policies regarding dress codes. If they are strict, chances are your options will be limited. However, most hospitals today are more open in regards to colors and patterns of nursing scrubs. Your choices become almost boundless if you work in medical establishments with more lenient regulations.

Another consideration is the nature of your work. Do you work with children or at the surgery table? Do you work with animals? What are your basic needs with regards to movement and range of motion? Your customization also rests on these factors.

Ultimately, you have to put some personality in your hospital scrubs. After all, almost everybody wants their nursing scrubs to serve aesthetics aside from function. The tricky part is how to go about personalizing your scrubs without overdoing it and still achieving a fashionable statement with hip scrubs all while refraining from looking like you’re trying too hard.

When ordering custom-made hospital scrubs, your first consideration must be the quality of the fabric. And then you can go ahead and pick the best details, colors, and patterns that fit your style and the other factors as mentioned above. There are many websites that offer custom-made men’s and women’s scrubs that have a lot of fabrics to choose from. Once you have found the fabric of your choice, pick the type of nursing apparel that has features which you know are useful in regards to daily routines.

Scrub tops can be customized with snap-on fasteners, long or short sleeves, pockets, zippers, buttons and side vents. Men’s scrubs apparel such as pants can either be cargo or basic. You can also choose from different cuts like straight or flare leg. Features such as knit ankle cuffs, drawstrings, and elastic waistbands can be added as well all while promoting customization and comfort.

By: Kevin McClellan

Friday, March 6, 2009

Cotton vs. Polyester

It seems straightforward. You’re in a sustainable state of mind when it comes to fashion, you choose natural fibers over man-made, right?
What could be more of-this-Earth than something made from, say, cotton, a product humans have used for thousands of years?
It’s not that simple.

The nasty truth is that the commercial production of textiles, whether natural or synthetic, requires an immense amount of resources and leaves considerable pollution in its wake.
You thought that simply going with natural fibers made you a true friend of nature. Think again. For the purposes of this discussion, we compare the most widely worn fabric in the world, cotton, versus the poor man’s cotton: polyester.

Comfort
Cotton absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, giving it breathability. Less absorbent polyester doesn’t make you sweat, but it does keep sweat next to your body, which is why you may have found yourself followed by a less than flowery fragrance when you go man-made.
Cotton also has a softer, more supple feel, making it less likely to irritate the skin. That means it’s a better bet for those with sensitive skin, including children and infants.

Advantage: Cotton

Durability
From an engineering standpoint, cotton is a beauty, its soft cellulose fibers densely interlocked for strength. But let’s face it, polyester came to market during the Atomic Age. The stuff is built to last forever. The garments fashioned from it may be cheaply made, but the fabric itself is nearly indestructible.

Advantage: Polyester

Cost
Garments made of both cotton and poly range up and down the price scale, but while synthetics and blends tend to be thought of as less expensive, 100 percent cotton products mass-produced in places such as Burma, Pakistan and the Dominican Republic can be brought to the American market for a very low price and are a staple in popular retail stores like Old Navy and Target.

Advantage: Cotton

Process energy/pollutants
All fabrics require vast amounts of water and energy throughout the production process. The rinsing of fibers at various stages carries away toxic stuff ranging from volatile organic compounds to bleach to formaldehyde.
Rayon, for example, requires the use of sulfuric acid. Fabric finishes involve glues, wax, resin and shellac.
These are not Earth-friendly substances, and they invariably end up in the waste stream. Perhaps worse, cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world, using as much as one-fourth of all pesticides manufactured.
Aysia Wright, owner of the activist-oriented Sellwood boutique Greenloop (8005 S.E. 13th Ave., 503-236-3999), says it’s hard to say which is a bigger disaster: the creation of cotton or polyester. Others agree.

Advantage: Tie

Maintenance
Polyester dries faster since it’s not particularly absorbent to begin with. It doesn’t require hot water in the wash, because it doesn’t get all that dirty. In fact, over its lifetime, in a well-made garment, it actually may use less energy than cotton.

Advantage: Polyester

Use of resources
While the creation of cotton fabric may require as much energy as its man-made counterpart, and more is used in its maintenance, at least it’s not made from petroleum products to begin with.
Then again, cotton requires a relatively large amount of water and is grown with a big assist from petroleum-based fertilizers. Moreover, most cotton garments sold in America are manufactured elsewhere, often from cotton that was exported from the United States. Think about the fossil fuel bill for that round trip.

Advantage: Polyester

The verdict
Reducing fashion’s dark environmental footprint involves steps that will seem like bitter medicine to many. Buying yourself a new wardrobe every season may be as selfish as it is increasingly unsustainable, no less an indulgence than buying a new car every two years.
Doing so also supports an industry that employs – often at the lowest possible wages – workers in Third World countries who are unfettered by labor laws and environmental protections.
At the risk of sounding downright unpatriotic – unless you consider how frugally Americans lived not so long ago – just don’t buy as much. Shop at secondhand stores, of which Portland has many.

Whatever you buy, try to support the economy close to home and save on transportion energy by buying locally. Again, Portland has many forward-thinking designers and small retailers who trade in environmentally friendly clothing and accessories.
Be prepared to pay more for garments made from newer, high-
sustainability fabrics using hemp, bamboo and organic cotton, but remember, these items often are better made and longer lasting, which could save you money over time.
Changing your habits may come at a price, but what will the cost be to future generations if you don’t?

The winner between cotton and polyester: Neither

– Eric Bartels

Sources: Cotton South Africa, californiagreensolutions.com, Grist, New York Times, Cambridge University, Greenloop

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Modern Uniform Scrubs For Fashion As Well As Utility

The history of uniform scrubs in the medical profession makes fascinating reading. The earliest existing records of medical practice are found in the remnants of ancient civilizations. The treatment of illnesses has of course been practiced for ages, developing and evolving up to the precise, highly technological science that it has become at the present time. As the science of medicine progressed, so too did the style of clothing worn by medical practitioners. Healers of past ages wore everyday dress, whereas modern medical practitioners wore regulation uniforms such as white medical scrubs and laboratory coats. In the nineteenth century it was common practice for surgeons to operate in their street clothing with an apron to prevent their clothes from being stained by blood and other body fluids. By the middle of the twentieth century a standard surgical uniform had evolved consisting of a white coat over white pants (white was chosen because of its clean and crisp appearance. It was soon found, however, that the glare of white uniforms and white sheets cause eyestrain and fatigue in many people; moreover the sight of bloodstains on white uniforms looks unpleasant.

When the hit television program MASH was launched in 1972 it brought some changes to medical fashion. By this time pale green had become the color of choice for uniforms scrubs because it doesn't cause eyestrain and it blends with bloodstains. However the idea that fashion should be incorporated into medical apparel was long overlooked. It was unimaginable that scrubs and lab coats should at the same time help women in the medical profession to strike a balance between presenting a professional image and looking fashionable. It was quite a challenge to create fashionable designs which are feminine and self-expressive for women in an industry dominated by males. Every component of the medical scrub uniform has its function and is part of the whole. A complete outfit consists of scrub top, pants, lab coat, jacket, shoes and sometimes cap. Scrub tops are designed for comfort as well as utility, allowing for a wide range of unrestrained movement for people who are usually working long hours in difficult positions. Since hospitals are air-conditioned, scrub jackets should provide warmth as well as comfort; and the jacket pockets should be large enough to enable wearers to keep medical instruments handy. Similarly, scrub pants should allow wearers freedom of movement for people who are on their feet for long periods and who sometimes have to react and move quickly in emergencies.

For example, to make medical apparel appear both professional yet stylish required changes in the design of scrub tops, adding darts at the bust and tailored sleeves; as well as tapered waists and hips which give women's garments a trendy and modern look and a good fit, without compromising on the comfort which is associated with scrubs. The addition of feminine colors, printed fabrics, and accessories has brought medical scrubs up to date with the latest fashion trends. Nowadays fashion has become a factor in medical dress, and medical scrubs are worn not only by surgeons but by doctors in all fields as well as nurses and other health professionals. Popular television dramas such as Grey's Anatomy Scrubs have made medical scrubs trendy both for fashion and for comfort, so modern medical scrubs are not limited to the hospital premises but can also be worn as street clothing because of their chic designs. For example, cheap Landau scrubs includes its Plum, Sage, and Salsa lines of hot styles for fashionable street as well as professional wear.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alice_Lane

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fashion Scrubs

Hip Scrubs - Personalizing One’s Nursing Scrubs

Everyone wants to assert their own individuality. One of the ways to show your personality is through the clothes you wear. Fashion can be a powerful statement by which you can freely express yourself without even needing to say anything. Clothing can demonstrate your style, mood and character, and you can utilize fashion at work or play. And today, even medical professionals can enjoy a wider variety of fashion scrubs. Nurses can now choose from an assortment of women’s and men’s scrubs in many colors and designs.

Men’s and women’s scrubs used to include only standard colors like white or blue. Through time, nursing scrubs have evolved with modernity and they now come in fashionable designs that mix comfort and function without having to look boring. Being a medical professional, looking reputable is a must, but looking good with a personal touch is icing on the cake.

When customizing either women’s or men’s scrubs, a lot of things should be taken into consideration. One is hospital policies regarding dress codes. If they are strict, chances are your options will be limited. However, most hospitals today are more open in regards to colors and patterns of nursing scrubs. Your choices become almost boundless if you work in medical establishments with more lenient regulations.Another consideration is the nature of your work. Do you work with children or at the surgery table? Do you work with animals? What are your basic needs with regards to movement and range of motion? Your customization also rests on these factors.Ultimately, you have to put some personality in your hospital scrubs. After all, almost everybody wants their nursing scrubs to serve aesthetics aside from function. The tricky part is how to go about personalizing your scrubs without overdoing it and still achieving a fashionable statement with hip scrubs all while refraining from looking like you’re trying too hard.

When ordering custom-made hospital scrubs, your first consideration must be the quality of the fabric. And then you can go ahead and pick the best details, colors, and patterns that fit your style and the other factors as mentioned above. There are many websites that offer custom-made men’s and women’s scrubs that have a lot of fabrics to choose from. Once you have found the fabric of your choice, pick the type of nursing apparel that has features which you know are useful in regards to daily routines.

Scrub tops can be customized with snap-on fasteners, long or short sleeves, pockets, zippers, buttons and side vents. Men’s scrubs apparel such as pants can either be cargo or basic. You can also choose from different cuts like straight or flare leg. Features such as knit ankle cuffs, drawstrings, and elastic waistbands can be added as well – all while promoting customization and comfort.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/clothing-articles/hip-scrubs-personalizing-ones-nursing-scrubs-609211.html

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Nurses Uniform - No more caps

Medical Scrubs Reinvented - The New Nurses Uniform
By Alice Lane

It still elicits fear in me of having to turn my head and cough with an older lady doing a test that was terrifyingly embarrassing. As a young boy, the thought of going to the nurse's office was frightening. Even if I was truly sick, seeing her in her stark white dress and white shoes with a funny looking hat on was the last thing I wanted to do at school. Things have changed dramatically for both me, no longer afraid of older women, and the nurses who no longer wear white dresses and funny looking hats. If nurses have to be in uniform, they now wear color coordinated scrubs. The history of scrubs is interesting from a medical perspective.

It's always been the nurse who wore the uniforms. Doctors wore their street clothes even during surgery until they started covering the clothes with what appeared to be a butcher's apron. That kept their clothes clean from blood and body fluids. During this time, nurses did wear clothes that set them apart from their doctors. As the medical profession learned more about cleanliness and bacteria, the clothes started to change to try to eliminate the chances of infection as much as possible. They first turned to white but that didn't work too well since blood was so stark against the white and the white was just too bright in the operating theatres. The color then changed to green so the contrast of the blood wasn't so frightening and the reflection wasn't hurting everyone's eyes. The green worked for awhile and then the fashion police took over and things started changing. The transformation started slowly with a couple of choices, mostly blue, and then added some cartoon characters and a few floral print scrub tops to make the children feel better and then it exploded.

Now it may not have been a key factor but people, just regular people, not medical professionals, started wanting to wear these comfortable clothes too. They are almost like wearing a pair of pajamas; they have a drawstring for the pants and just a pullover loose fitting top. It may have aided the explosion to having more choices but it's hard to do the statistics. Whatever the reasons, going from white to green to everything has been a boom industry for some.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Medical scrubs

I need an opinion from both genders about what are some of the things that you are looking for in a scrubs (uniform medical scrubs). Personally, I have my own concerns. I used scrubs for work and the reason for starting this small business is to cater for my needs. Sounds very selfish but I believe that an idea that starts from a personal dilemma can produce a solution to accommodate myself and, I'm sure, hundreds of people out there experiencing or feeling the same thing. With your support, I will also be able to cater to all of you out there!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Free Money!

Getting Obama's Free Grant Money
By
Austin Warty

Obama and is administration is about to approve yet another $850 billion bailout plan, and this is money you may qualify to receive. Just some of the uses for free grant money that the government gives away is to help Americans start a business, go back to school, get out of debt, buy their first homes, and even to help single mothers make ends meet.

When you search the grant database, you'll see that free grant money can be obtained and used for just about any personal reason you can come up with. With billions of dollars available to millions of Americans, there is not telling how long this administration will continue to support these programs. After all, at some point there just won't be any money left.

But at the moment millions of US citizens are submitting their grant request, and the government and private foundations providing these funds have to act fast. They may not have enough people to review every single request, which is why it seems that many people are getting approved for free grant money that don't really need it.

As long as you are at least 18 years old and an American citizen, you can request to obtain some of these funds. And whether the government has figured it our yet or not, there is no limit on the number of grants you can receive. That means you can apply for a $12,000 grant to pay off your credit cards and at the same time receive a $20,000 to start a home based business.

See how much you can qualify to receive in
free government money that you never have to repay. Take advantage of these programs that are available today and get your free grant money...

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Austin_Warty

Finding a medical scrubs manufacturer

I don't want to feel dispirit about making this business going. Right now, I am trying to find a manufacturer that will provide all my specifications and request. I need a little help.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Starting a small business

We all know by now that there's no such thing as impossible. Previous months, I started creating a brand name, called CHELEMI and a logo because I wanted to own something for myself. Then after that I realized, the possibilities are endless and I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Sounds exciting, ain't it? Yes, but like all other things, it is hardwork. No hope is lost because I know that it can be attain and with the plethora of information in the internet, it can be done.