I found this little gadget on Amazon and I had an “aha” moment, like why didn’t I think of this. It’s a tape holder that you place on your stethoscope. There have been numerous of times when my tape will slide off my stethoscope when I open the ear piece to auscultate lung sounds. Luckily, it has never flew out and hit my patient.
The tape holder is made by StatGear. You simply attach the device to your stethoscope and place the hospital tape over it. The device holds it in place so no more sliding. Yeah!
These are so cute. EKG design compression socks for a cardiac tele nurse. Perfect!
Do you wear compression socks? I do. With our mandatory scrub color at my hospital, I tend to have fun with my compression sock choices but you also have to look at pressure gradients and materials they are made out of.
Reason why you should wear compression socks:
1.Alleviate stress and discomfort on your feet for starters and after work ask your significant other for a foot massage to further alleviate stress and discomfort
2.Increase circulation and blood flow that will aid in muscle recovery time because good chances your working tomorrow too.
3.Reduce edema because who wants kankles? No one. With all the standing nurses do, that extra squeezing helps.
4.Help prevent/minimize varicose veins. Nurses stand for long periods of time and blood will pool at your lower extremities and enlarge those veins. It’s better to prevent it now and keep your legs sexy because we all know your hands are dried and crusty from all the foam and hand washing.
5. Reduce incidence of blood clots. I know everyone thinks “sedentary” when they hear blood clots, but that’s not true. Other causes can be smoking, repetitive motion, birth control, blood disorders.
I usually buy 20-30 mmHg compression socks, it provides enough compression with all the physical activity that nurses do. For starters, if your new to compression socks don’t jump to 30-40 mmHg(extra firm compression) because it will be uncomfortable.
I know there are quite of few people that wear compression socks during travels too. My airplane rides are usually 1-2 hour long, but I think I should look into buying or wearing compression socks for travel too.
Nurses which gradient pressure do you wear when you travel?
As for the material, I always make sure mine are antimicrobial. I think that is ingrained into any nurses brain. Antimicrobial, antibacterial, foam in/foam out and wash your hands. I think we’re the only profession that washes their hands before using the restroom and of course after.
I remember in nursing school we were instructed to put our compression socks on before getting out of bed because your legs have less edema. I always put them on when getting ready in the morning. Something I can improve on. However, I don’t think my husband will approve of me wiggling in bed at 4:30 in the morning trying to put my compression socks on. haha.
Editors note: Post was written while catching up on Housewives of Beverly Hills and maybe a small glass of wine. This is definitely not research material or in APA format.