Category Archives: Patient Care

Do Your Part for Happiness Happens

  August kicked off the selfie challenge for the 16th Happiness Happens.  To raise awareness of people, places and things that make you happy, the Secret Society of Happy People are challenging each member to post selfies using the #HappinessHappens hashtag.  As I read about this kickoff, my mind immediately turned to the mission of Patient Scrubs®—easing the way for people going through sickness, medical treatments or rehab. Here are some ideas to help brighten their day.  Call your friend […]

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Healing Foods That Help You Bounce Back

  Almost everyone has heard, “You are what you eat.”  Good nutrition helps us look, feel and perform at our best. It becomes even more important when we’re healing. Nutrition can make a difference in bouncing back quickly and a lengthy recovery after an injury, sickness or surgery. Here are some of the best healing foods that you can add to your diet.  Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, helps wounds heal. You’ll  find this nutrient in citrus fruits, berries, peppers, […]

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Get Well Soon Gift Ideas for a Family

When a family member is hospitalized, everything becomes much more challenging for the entire family. They have to plan their time around being at the hospital, talking to the medical staff, taking care of their loved one, etc.  Plus, life goes on at home, school and work. Every little bit of thoughtfulness from family and friends feels like a life raft to family members who are drowning in work.  Put together a get well soon family gift basket. Pick up […]

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Stop Hospital “Super Bugs” Before They Stop You

A new study released last week by the New England Journal of Medicine is generating a lot of coverage. The findings are scary. They say about 1 in every 25 hospital patients got an infection while in the hospital.  There were 721,800 infections at hospitals in 2011, and 75,000 people died, according to U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Scary? You bet! CNN reports that pneumonia and surgical-site infections were the most common. These were followed by gastrointestinal infections, […]

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Color Your World Purple for World Cancer Day 2014

Tuesday, February 4 is World Cancer Day. Join me in supporting this day by turning your Facebook profile and/or cover picture purple. Chevrolet will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society, up to $1 million for every Facebook and Twitter profile purple pictures. Just go to Purple Road and accept the system turning your picture purple for Chevrolet’s $1 donation. This is a time when  people around the world take a few minutes to send the message that fighting and ending […]

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Gift Ideas for a Sick Friend, Relative or Neighbor

A thoughtful gift can be just the thing to raise someone’s spirits. Almost everyone knows someone who is facing surgery, in rehab or confined to their home. The big question is what to buy for someone who is sick, especially when they don’t get out much.  Maybe they are confined to their home, the hospital or a rehabilitation center for a while.  Most people look forward to a personal visit, and they enjoy gifts that brighten their day or ease […]

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Ten Tips For a Better Recovery After Surgery

Preparing your body for surgery can make a big difference in your recovery time.  I never call a surgery minor, but some are more complex than others are.  These tips apply even if you are having outpatient surgery. In fact, they can help boost your health, so once you start these, stick with them to see the difference in how you look and feel. Quit smoking at least six weeks before your surgery. Smoking impairs your ability to heal and […]

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Music Captivates Our Senses and Helps Us Heal

The field of music therapy came on the scene in 1950. But, it’s just now beginning to branch out and grow.  It’s easy to understand why music helps us heal. Just close your eyes and take a few moments to listen to your preferred music. Can you feel your mood lift? Music can captivate all of our senses and bring us comfort and joy.  And, yes, it can promote healing. Music therapy is used to maintain and restore emotional and […]

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Patient Scrubs’ A to Z List of Things to Pack for a Hospital Stay

Make a packing list and check it twice if you’re going to the hospital for surgery. There are lots of things that you’ll need to keep you comfortable. Plus, some things will make your stay a bit more enjoyable even when you don’t feel well. Here’s our list to pack from A to Z. Tell us what else we can add to it to help people decide what they need to take with them to the hospital. Oh, and don’t […]

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You Can Count on Me, My Friend

Good friends make our world turn. They share our successes. They share our woes. They help us de-stress. Many friends introduce us to new ideas, new products and new ways of doing things. It’s tough to balance all of life’s demands on your own. Friends are our support and keep us sane, especially those of us who live a few hours away from our family. Friends become our lifeline when we’re sick. They are there for you because your pain […]

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