Scrub Pin Board

Occasionally we like to talk about different craft ideas that you can do with. One of the best ideas I have ever seen are pin and cork board made with nursing scrubs. Many of the ones I have seen are made with scrub with a pattern. But there have been some very innovative ones that are made from just plain scrubs.

You can either wrap the frame in scrubs or you can pull the scrubs completely across the front of the board covering everything. You can layer or pattern several scrubs over the board. Whenever you are trying to get rid of your old scrubs there are always things that can be done.

Bubonic Plague

When you hear the word plague your mind goes back to either biblical times or to the middle ages when the medicine and technology available was not like we have today. The bubonic plague, also known as the black plague is still around today, it is just much more rarer that it was at one time. There was a few cases of the plague found in Canyon County, Idaho where some rodents were found dead and tested positive for the plague. Measures are being taken to ensure that the plague does not transmit into humans.

In Colorado there was actually a recent case where a 16 year old star athlete died from complications from the plague. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost their son. It is a sad thing to see. Taylor Gaes, 16, of Larimer County, Colorado had flu like symptoms that turned out to be the plague.

It is important that the plague generally circulates in flees and small rodents. It is extremely important to remember if you see small rodents that are dead to natural causes or anything other than being killed by a person, vehicle, or any other trauma that you do not make direct contact with it. Also, if you know that one of your pets have flees be sure that you do all that you can to kill the flees.

Some of the symptoms that you or anyone who has contracted the plague will experience are:

  • Gangrene in your extremities
  • Chills
  • General feeling of illness
  • High fever of around 102 degrees
  • Cramps in your muscles
  • Seizures
  • Skin coloration such as blackening in the limbs or skin changing to a pink hue
  • Swelling in the lymph glands

In order for the plague to be diagnosed there has to be lab work done. It is not diagnosed by site or checkup. It can in most cased be treated with antibiotics.




Replacing Torn and Tattered Scrubs

I was reading today I cam across this article that I thought was a little interesting. Not really interesting for the read, more so because it is about a school that has been asked to replace its tattered and torn scrubs with clothing that covers the surgeons up. The specific clothing used in the article is pajamas. I think the pajamas were more of a point that to say that anything would be better than the current scrubs. I have heard of people using scrubs as pajamas due to their loose fitting comfort, but never using pajamas as scrubs in the OR.

I do not know the reality of the post, I do know it was not posted by The Onion, so it was not a comedy relief. It was not even a medical school in the US. More than anything the topic was interesting to me. If you were a family member and a surgeon walked into the consultation room in torn or tattered scrubs wouldn’t you question first the credentials of that surgeon and second the cleanliness of the health center.

I can say I have never seen any situation where scrubs were so tattered or torn they were revealing any part of skin they should be covering up. I am pretty sure that if I did I will find another place to take care of me or my family.