Mountain View Medical Supply

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Introducing Our Newest Catalog: Wound Care Supplies

Request your FREE copy today (email, or call 800-873-7121) and you can see all of the goodies inside for yourself!

There are 12 wonderful, product filled categories to peruse. All of which can also be found on our website,

Here is what you will find in our handy catalog:

Abdominal Pads and Gauze & Drain Sponges

Conforming Bandages & Gauze Rolls

Impregnated Gauze and Packing strips and Applicators

Self Adherent Wraps & Elastic Bandages

Tape & Dressing Retention

Island Dressings

Advanced Wound Care

Gloves, Surface Wipes & Sanitizers

Unna Boots

Bed-Ridden Products

Cleansers, Skin Creams & Ointments

Miscellaneous Wound Supplies

As you can see, there are tons of products to choose from to help heal most any kind of wound!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Folding Walkers

Any Denverite that is a Colorado Rockies baseball fan can relate to this little tidbit of information: Whenever I see the words "Folding Walkers" I can hear the announcer at Coors Field Baseball stadium announcing Larry Walker. It goes something like this; LaaarrrRRrryyyyy WaalKKeeerrrrrr! (emphasis on the K in Walker).

So I think you will enjoy our line of FollDinnnnngg WaalKKeeerrrrrrrs and accessories!

This Nova lightweight aluminium walker has 5" wheels and folds for easy storage and transportation. Also available in blue! Item #NO4090DW5 - $73.33 to $84.09

This Guardian lightweight aluminium walker weighs only 6.4 pounds, and folds to 3 3/4 inches for easy storage and transportation. Available in adult or youth sizes. Item #GU3075XP - $59.80

Nova Walker Ski Glides are the perfect add-on to keep your walker gliding smoothly. Fits 1 1/8" outside diameter tube and all Nova standard walkers. Item #NO40027GR - $15.71

These fun Nova Saddlebags attach to all walkers (folding or wheeled) and wheelchairs (transport or standard). When not attached to your mobility device, it can also be used as an over the shoulder bag!
Keep your belongings hidden in the roomy zippered main pouch and use the pockets for easy access to keys, phones or other smaller items. Saddlebags also feature a slot for proudly displaying pictures. Made of 100% cotton. Available in butterfly, cats, dog, black or metropolitan fabrics. Item #NO4002AP - $26.00

Heavy duty molded rubber tip flexes for cushioning and shock absorption, reinforced with metal disc insert for longer wear and special non-skid tread on bottom. Sold by box of 4, fits standard 1 1/8" walker foot extension tube. Item #GU1212 - $5.51

Of course we offer a Full Line of Walker Accessories, so click to shop now!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back to School

Most of us here at Mountain View Medical Supply / Laurel Uniforms have children going back to school this week or next week.

Its funny that at the end of the school year, we are all relieved to have a bit of free time, but by the end of summer, we are ready to get the kids back in school to relieve the fighting and the boredom. I think maybe the schools that have a track schedule, 6-9 weeks of school and then 1-3 weeks off, going year round, have something going for them! Although as a kid, I enjoyed the traditional schedule with my summers off along with Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays off, plus a week for spring break.

Anyway, our local college kids are headed back to school as well, and as we know, some are headed to nursing school!

Here are a few back to school items for student nurses:

Koi 172 Lily top in White or Colors - #LUKO172 - $24.99

Cherokee Dickies 82724 in Butterfly - #LUCH82724 - $26.49

Cherokee 4777 Economy Scrub Top - #LUCH4777 Starting at $11.99

Cherokee 4100 Economy Scrub Pant - #LUCH4100 Starting at $12.99

We also have a full line of diagnostic equipment such as protective eyewear, BP monitors and stethoscopes!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

End of Summer Project

The end of summer is near. And I am not ready! I find myself pausing to listen to crickets chirp at night, watching the sun set more often and basking in the warmth of the season, knowing a chill will soon be here.

In an effort to prolong, and simply enjoy the rest of the summer season, I have decided to get outside and do something every day for the rest of August and all of September. I am going to squeeze every last ounce out of summer that I can!

I captured this sunset two days ago. This lake is hidden from our house and I don't normally walk around it because the bugs are bountiful. I just happened to walk over and boy was I glad I did! Isn't it beautiful?

Last night on my walk, I heard an owl in a neighborhood tree. A mother brought two little girls out to see the owl, and they giggled with delight each time he hooted. Although they didn't seem to actually see the owl, it was a sweet moment to witness.

I'm hoping to get some sort of physical benefit from getting out each day, but its my soul that is benefiting the most. I'm amazed at the things I would have missed had I chose to stay in and watch TV, or fold laundry, or read a magazine.

Friday, August 12, 2011

5 Ways to Get More Out of Friendship

AARP, by: Pamela Redmond Satran, January 13, 2011

Good buddies can ease stress, enhance your health

By this point in your life, you've got plenty of friends, from the mom you bonded with when your now-grown kids were in kindergarten to the convivial neighbor you met when you moved to your new condo. But how do you maximize the health-enhancing, stress-reducing, fun-increasing potential of your friendships?

Here, five simple ways to get more out of relationships with friends:

Make Your Friendships a Priority

Want to get more out of your friendships? Then make your friendships a bigger part of your life.

Well, duh, as your kids might say. Yet too often, we put friends behind marriage, children, work, exercise and sorting the recycling. When life gets busy, the first thing we offload is time with friends - ironic, since seeing friends is a key to relieving stress.

How to make friendships more of a priority? One tack: Build regular time with friends into your calendar, whether its an every-Wednesday lunch with your best friend or a Saturday morning hike no matter the weather. Trusting your friendships to routine, rather than impulse, makes it more likely you'll actually get together and reap the rewards of friendship on a consistent basis.

Don't Just Sit There, Do Something

We don't need research (though there's plenty of it) to tell us that women bond over talking. But you can get more out of your friendships if you pause the conversation and do something together, whether it's sign up for tennis lessons, go on a weekend antiquing trip or simply read the same book.

Sharing activities is a positive for all kinds of relationships, research shows, including marriages and adult parent-child relationships as well as friendships. The Reason: Doing something fun and novel together expands your repertoire of common experiences, lets you see each other in new ways, plus adds another dimension to the relationship.

What if it turns our you both hate tennis? Then you can bond over that.

Connect With Virtual Friends

With women over the age of 55 being the fastest-growing demographic on Facebook, connecting with old friends and making new ones online can both grow your circle of friends, and give you more opportunities for interacting with them. Via social networking sites, you can rediscover the college roommate who always made you laugh, as well as friends-to-be who share your passion for miniature dachshunds or Hungarian harp music.

Twitter can also be an informal way to bring the chatter of many voices into your living room and keep up with everybody from the politician you admire to the person you met last week at a party. You can ask for advice, solicit support - even attend a Twitter party while you watch a shared favorite TV show.

Accept That Friendships Change Over Time

Friendships tend to depend on being in the same stage of life, and once that shifts - you are widowed but your friend is married; she retires but you're still running a business - the relationship can change too. One recent study claimed people of every age replace half their friends every seven years. The Lesson: Rather than clinging to relationships you've outgrown, you'll get more out of your friendships of you look for new friends with whom you share more similarities.

Risk the Fight

The longer you're friends with someone and the closer you get, the more likely it is you'll hit the kind of road bumps that can trip up any relationship. Rather than pretending the problem doesn't exist or running away, you'll need to confront the issue if you want to get more out of what is otherwise a valuable friendship.

"Sometimes it's more difficult to have these emotional discussions than not to have them," says Irene S. Levine, a professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and creator of The Friendship Blog. "But if you bury hard feelings, they can seep out in toxic ways and damage the friendship."

Dr. Levine's advice for approaching a difficult discussion with a friend: Choose a relaxed time, and talk in person rather than on the phone or via e-mail. Be sensitive, don't blame or attack, but don't mask your feelings either. And know that any discussion may just be the first in an ongoing conversation, one that will ultimately lead you to a deeper, stronger friendship that can offer even more in terms of honesty and intimacy.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Guide to Medical Grade Scissors

Sure, they may look funny but they are not your everyday pair of scissors!

Here is your guide to medical grade scissors:

Kelly Forceps are used to grasp small objects, usually too small for fingers to get a hold of, or to hold a single object so hands can remain free to do other things. They are made of high quality stainless steel and have multiple grooves in the tip's grip and a mechanism which "locks" the scissors in a clamped state.

Medical Shears or EMS Shears, Utility Shears or Trauma Shears are razor sharp, super hardened scissors made of surgical stainless steel and are primarily used by medical professionals. These can cut through clothing, shoes, seat belts, etc., but have blunt tips to ensure no accidental cutting.

Iris Scissors are typically small in size with an extremely sharp point that can be used for detail work during surgery. Crafters find them especially handy. Made of stainless steel.

Lister Bandage Scissors are often part of first aid kits and are used to trim bandages, cut through clothing and help remove bandages. Their angled shape and blunt tip make for safer cutting. Made of stainless steel with serrated blades.

If you are using your scissors multiple times and for multiple purposes, take great care in cleaning and disinfecting after each use.

For more information and to buy online, visit Mountain View Medical Supply's website at today!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nurses: Compression Socks Reduces Swelling During Long Shifts

Sigvaris recently sponsored a study of 31 nurses conducted by Dr. Mary Foscue, Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs at the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla. The purpose of the study was to determine if graduated compression socks provide relief from tired, achy legs among nurses who work long shifts.

Every participant kept a daily diary in which they recorded the number of hours they worked, as well as a detailed log recording the amount of time they spent both on and off their feet. Each nurse also noted information about swollen ankles, small or large vein issues, and any discoloration of the skin.

Each nurse was given several pairs of over-the-counter 15-20mmHg knee-high graduated compresison socks. 84% of the participants said they noticed a symptomatic improvement in leg health. In addition to these findings, 74% of the nurses who participated in the study said they saw a decrease in the swelling of their legs after wearing compression stockings.

We at Mountain View offer a full line of Sigvaris compression stockings and socks. Call us today at 303-455-1300 or 800-873-7121, we will be happy to help find the right compression stockings for you!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Top 6 ridiculous nursing uniform policies

Posted: July 26th, 2011, By

Nursing uniform policies have been changing over the past few years—causing some hapless nurses to fall through the cracks when it comes to scrubs style. Here are the top six gripes from nurses and nursing students about the goofier side of following dress codes.

1. White scrubs with whatever underneath
Many hospitals and nursing schools require nurses to wear white scrub pants. Some nurses actually love this. However, no nurse loves seeing her coworker’s purple leopard-print undies barely disguised under her white pants. Hey administrators…how about providing nurses with the option of colored pants?

2. Tapered pants
Some nursing schools require tapered scrub pants for men and women. This may look fine on women who can get away with wearing cute little clogs. Doesn’t look so fine on men who wear big, bulky cross trainers…or, frankly, anyone with a set of hips.

3. Island-print scrubs
For nurses working in the Marshall Islands (Military Installation), some facilities encourage tropical scrub tops. Is this professional or will nurses get mistaken for the pool staff?

4. Double identification
Color-coded scrubs for nurses have become the rule for many hospitals along with badges that clearly display name and title in BOLD BLACK LETTERS. And yet doctors get to wear jeans on the weekends!

5. Covering up with the professional look
Color-coded scrubs are mandated in certain facilities to convey greater professionalism to patients, only to leave administrators baffled when Press Ganey scores fall subsequent to the policy change. Perhaps policies regarding conduct could also use an overhaul?

6. The “no policy” policy
How about those facilities that have no rules against nurses wearing whatever kind of scrubs and whatever kind of style, no matter how inappropriate the print (cartoon scrubs in the ICU?) or ill-fitting the cut?

Tell us, what’s your workplace’s ridiculous uniform policy?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Learning for Older Adults

Nobody is too old to learn. In fact, keeping your mind active is not only fun, it is beneficial. Research has shown that keeping your mind active may help ward off memory loss and prevent mental decline. Learning helps you to stay connected to your world, both locally and beyond, and when you focus on reading, a hobby, or learning a new subject, you have less time and energy to dwell on problems or worries.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, close to 3% of Americans between the ages of 50 to 70 are participating in continuing education.

If you think you have to “start over” to attend college, think again. More and more colleges and universities provide a curriculum that are specifically designed for people who have passed the traditional undergraduate college age. Many learning institutions display detailed information about their continuing education programs on their websites, along with clear enrollment instructions. Want to attend your alma matter in another area? Search their site online and see if they have a distance learning program for continuing education.

For “The best free cultural & educational media on the web”, visit This site has free audio books, 375 free online courses, free movies (from John Wayne to Hitchcock), free language lessons, and more. The featured video when I visited was called “50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God”.

Not the classroom type? No problem! Check out Road Scholar, or, which is an amazing site that you can search and find an “Adventure in Lifelong Learning” for adults of any age. For example, I searched for “History & Culture” at any location and was provided with almost 250 different programs. One of the results was in New York City called “Five Days, Five Boroughs” and cost approximately $1200-$1800 and that included 13 meals, 5 nights at a hotel, instructors, field trips/excursions, transportation, tips and taxes. You also can search by location, interest, activity level, date or select categories such as International, Adventures Afloat or Small Groups. They offer over 7,000 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries.
Road Scholar offers scholarships, via donations, to help those who need help with the cost of their programs.