Mountain View Medical Supply

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Four Slimming Scrub Styles

Solid Color Slenderizer
Monochrome doesn’t have to mean black. Any rich color that gives definition to your outline will work. This mock wrap top from Cherokee's Workwear Core Stretch Collection is a good example. As a bonus, the style also addresses a common complaint that V-necks tend to gap and show too much cleavage. The front neckline is up a couple of inches. This means you don’t have to swelter with a T-shirt underneath to keep from accidentally flashing your coworkers or patients.

Shown Top Mock Wrap Workwear Stretch 4728 in Turquoise

Fitted Is Flattering

Too much fabric can make you look bigger than you are. A Nurse that stopped in our store says her scrubs look like a shapeless tent because she has a large bust and a small waist. One solution for this issue would be an empire waist top that offers shaping in the front instead of just in the back. Here is just one option to help flatter your shape. 

Top shown Cherokee Mock Wrap 2850C, Butterfly Fresco

Draw the Figure You Want

Contrast sides are a perfect type of detailing for giving your body the appearance of a different shape. Don’t have an hourglass waist? Your scrubs can bridge that gap with the right details. And we all know that the clothes make the woman! Here’s a Cherokee Flexibles top that creates a narrower silhouette with a contrast knit side panel.

Shown top is Scoopneck Flexibles 2983 in Happy Daisies

Try Tiny Prints

Loud prints with giant blooms are cheerful, but they can make you look like you’re taking up a lot of space. A smaller print gives your scrubs character without being overwhelming. This top from the Dickies collection combines five slimming features: darker colors, bust darts, a small print, a contoured cut and a basketweave neckline.

Shown top is a Dickies V-Neck 84754C in A World of Harmony

Monday, May 21, 2012

Price DE-CREASE, Not Increase!

I know, right? Price DE-creases rarely happen these days, but it has happened with several of our Pulse Oximeters!

Check this out:

Oximeter Plus C5 Pediatric Pulse Oximeter
Was $98.32, NOW $90.75
This child/pediatric pulse oximeter is FDA approved and measures SpO2 and pulse rate automatically. Simple & easy one-button operation. Approximately 30 hour normal operation. 10 Setting adjustable brightness. Weighs .06lbs without batteries. Very long battery life & a low battery indicator. 4 way display/bargraph reading, organic LED display for reading anywhere. C-5 comes with a 1 year limited warranty. SpO2 range 70-100%, measurement accuracy 80-100%, 2%; 70-79%, 3%. Pulse rate range 30-235bpm, measurement accuracy 30-100 2bpm; 101-235 2bpm. Sold by the each, includes lanyard and 2ea AAA batteries.

Oxi-Go Elite Pulse Oximeter
Was $56.65, NOW $52.29

Features: Dual color high resolution, easy to read OLED display, Displays SpO2, Pulse Rate and Pulse Bar, 4 Display modes for easy reading from all sides, Low power consumption, automatic power off and approx. 30 hours of normal operation, Battery low indicator, Requires 2ea AAA alkaline or rechargeable batteries (included), 10 setting adjustable brightness, Fits finger sizes from pediatric to adult, Small and lightweight design, 2 Year limited warranty, Specifications: - SpO2: measurement range 70-100%; resolution 1%; accuracy; 80%-100% - ±2%; 70%-79% - ±3%; 0%-69% unspecified. Pulse Rate: measurement range 30-235 bpm; resolution 1%; accuracy - 30-100 ±2 bpm; 101-235 ±2%.  Measures 2.3" w x 1.3" h x 1.3" d.  Weighs .06 lbs without batteries.

Oxi-Go Premier Finger Pulse Oximeter
Was $49.98, NOW $46.14
Features: Large bright display of SpO2, Pulse Rate & Pulse Bar , Lower power consumption, auto power off and approx. 30 hours of normal operation, Battery low indicator, Requires 2 AAA alkaline or rechargeable batteries, Fits finger sizes from pediatric to adult, Small & lightweight (.09 lbs without batteries), 2 Year limited warranty, Specifications: SpO2 range: 70-100%, resolution 1%, accuracy 80%-100% - ±2%; 70%-79% - ±3%; Pulse Rate range: 30-235 bpm, resolution 1bpm, accuracy 30 - 100 - ±2 bpm; 101- 235 - ±2% ; unit is 2.3" x 1.3" x 1.3"

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Better Living Corner - Home Blood Pressure Units

Question:  My doctor told me to take my blood pressure at home.  Do you carry home blood pressure units?

Answer:  Yes, we offer several different models of blood pressure units to fit any budget and ability.  Here are a few of the units we offer:

Manual Inflation AKUA-705 is a manual inflation unit with advanced features and an affordable price.  30 reading memory, irregular heartbeat and more.  $39.02

Auto Inflation AKUA-767PV is a one-step auto inflation unit iwth just the push of a button.  Measures blood pressure, pulse and more.  $65.78

Auto Inflation Large Cuff AKUA-789AC fits arms from 16.5" to 23.6".  High speed inflation, 60 memory recall and programmable alarm reminders.  $133.70

Of course we offer more on our WEBSITE

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day

I wonder if kid's feel that Mother's Day is a bit of a chore?  It's something they know they should do, but if they had a choice, they would do something else.  But, after they do what they should for or with their mother, they feel good that they did something after all. 

Most mother's don't want or need much, and simply spending time with their loved ones is enough.  Heart is warmed, giggles are had, hugs flow freely and I love you's are said with kind smiles. 

Mothers, birth mothers, second mothers, adoptive mothers, friends' mothers, mothers mothers, pseudo mothers, dad-mothers, you name it, children have been mothered by more than the woman who gave birth to them.

We hope all of the Mother's of the world enjoyed their special day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Nurses Week - THANK YOU, NURSES!

Happy Nurses week to all nurses out there, and we give you a BIG THANK YOU for all of the care and compassion you bring to those in your care!

We have found that not all Nurses Week celebrations are alike.  Many of you receive logo-smeared pens, lanyards, coffee mugs, pedometers and the like from the places they work.  Some receive catered events, only to have doctors eat all the food by the time they are able to make to the food. 

Most intentions are good, some are just plain "going through the motions". 

At the end of the day, we just want to say THANK YOU!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

16 Crazy Nursing Facts from Around the World!

by, April 19, 2012

16 Interesting Facts About Nursing Around the World

Just as there are different cultural mores and taboos across the globe, nurses conduct themselves differently from one country to another.  Some of these practices may even shock you!  Here are some little known facts about nursing around the world.

1.  You don't have to renew your license in Japan.  Once an RN, you're one for life. (You can lose your license if you break the law or "compromise the dignity of the profession.")

2.  One in every 23 Japanese nurses works more than 60 hours of overtime per month.

3.  In many parts of China, patients have to take a number to get medical attention.  They start lining up outside the hospital at 3am, and often there's a suffocating crush when the doors open.

4.  Nurses at ill-funded Chinese hospitals have to reuse supplies such as gloves and even syringes.

5.  Nursing students aren't allowed to speak to their professors in Vietnam.  They learn through lectures, textbooks and recitation drills, with no experience with real patients until they're on the job. 

6.  Hospitals in Mexico only use gloves "when necessary."

7.  After working as a nurse for only a year, Mexican nurses can choose to specialize (with no extra training) in an area of medicine, such as critical care or emergency nursing.

8.  Nurses working in Australia must pass a physical health examination, including a chest x-ray, to be able to work in the hospital.

9.  Up until just 100 years ago, sick Brazilians sought care from folk healers and family-based medicine.  It took the coffee industry and the need to control disease to port cities to overhaul the health care system (they brought in 31 North American nurses to start!).

10.  Nurses in Saudi Arabia aren't permitted to tell their royal patients when it's time for assessment or when to take medications.  Most royals travel with a private nurse - and a staff of about 20 - who see to their personal medication needs. 

11.  In Saudi Arabian hospitals, nurses can "unofficially" work only eight hours of a scheduled 12 hour shift.  During the remaining four hours, the patients are on their own. 

12.  Iraqi women who are nurses have to be home before 2pm, and are not allowed to touch men who are not their husbands or sons.  It's not uncommon for a doctor to do the nurse's work. 

13.  In Tanzania, there are only 4 nurses and midwives per 10,000 people. 

14.  In a study at a U.S. hospital, more than 80% of ED nurses believe the phase of the moon affects patients and their mental health. 

15.  48% of the nurses at a Chicago hospital believe that saying the word "quiet" aloud will jinx them and make their shift more difficult. 

16.  A significant number of doctors in the Philippines are heading back to become nurses!  They then come to the U.S. to make more money as nurses than they earn as MD's in their own country. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Timeline of the Affordable Health Care Act

Do you ever wonder what the timeline is for the new Affordable Healthcare Act?

Well, here you go!

March 23, 2010 - The Affordable Care Act Becomes Law.

Effective Jan 1, 2010 - Providing Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credits.

April 1, 2010 - Allowing States to Cover More People on Medicaid.

Year of 2010 - Relief for 4 Million Seniors Who Hit the Medicare Prescription Drug “Donut Hole”.

Many Provisions Effective Now - Cracking Down on Health Care Fraud.

June 1, 2010 - Expanding Coverage for Early Retirees.

July 1, 2010 - Providing Access to Insurance for Uninsured Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions.

July 1, 2010 - Putting Information Online.

September 23, 2010

- Extending Coverage for Young Adults.

- Providing Free Preventative Care.

- Prohibiting Insurance Companies from

Rescinding Coverage.

- Appealing Insurance Company Deci-


- Eliminating Lifetime Limits on Insurance


- Regulating Annual Limits on Insurance


- Prohibiting Denying Coverage of Children Based on Pre-Existing Conditions.

Beginning in 2010 - Holding Insurance Companies Accountable for Unreasonable Rate Hikes.

Effective 2010 - Rebuilding the Primary Care Workforce.

October 2010 - Establishing Consumer Assistance Programs in the States.

Begins 2010 - Preventing Disease and Illness.

Effective 2010 - Strengthening Community Health Centers.

Effective 2010 - Payments for Rural Health Care Providers.

January 1, 2011

- Prescription Drug Discounts.

- Free Preventative Care for Seniors.

- Bringing Down Health Care Premiums.

- Addressing Overpayments to Big Insurance Companies and Strengthening Medicare Advantage.

- Improving Health Care Quality and Effi


- Improving Care for Seniors after They

Leave the Hospital.

October 1, 2011

- New Innovations to Bring Down Costs.

- Increasing Access to Services at Home and in the Community.

January 1, 2012 - Encouraging Integrated Health Systems.

March 2012 - Understanding and Fighting Health Disparities.

October 1, 2012

- Reducing Paperwork and Administrative


- Linking Payment to Quality Outcomes.

January 1, 2013

- Improving Preventative Health Coverage.

- Increasing Medicaid Payments to Pri

mary Care Doctors.

- Expanded Authority to Bundle Payments.

October 1, 2013 - Additional Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

January 1, 2014

- Establishing Affordable Insurance Ex


- Promoting Individual Responsibility.

- Ensuring Free Choice.

- Increasing Access to Medicaid.

- Makes Care More Affordable.

- Ensuring Coverage for Individuals Par

ticipating in Clinical Trials.

- Eliminating Annual Limits on Insurance


- No Discrimination Due to Pre-Existing

Conditions or Gender.

- Increasing Small Business Health Insur

ance Tax Credit.

January 1, 2015 - Paying Physicians Based on Value Not Volume.