The Best Scrubs for Veterinarians & Pet Owners

If you’re a vet or pet owner, there’s one thing you deal with every day: animal hair on your scrubs. While it’s difficult to completely stop pet hair from clinging to your scrubs, here are some tips to help you look less like a fur ball at work.

  1. Avoid darker color scrubs.

If your dress code allows it, choose lighter color scrubs so any pet hair on your garments isn’t as noticeable.

  1. Look for scrubs that aren’t heavily brushed.

While brushed fabrics feel amazing and can be softer to the touch, they also attract more lint and animal hair.

  1. Synthetics are your friend.

Choose easy-care, pet-friendly, synthetic scrubs like koi Lite and koi Basics. These scrubs not only look great straight from the wash, they repel lint for a cleaner look.

  1. Keep a lint roller handy.

We asked pet-loving scrubs-wearers for their advice, and they overwhelmingly said lint rollers were a pet owner’s best friend.

  1. Put on your scrubs last.

After you cuddle with your pet and right before you head out the door.

Follow these tips and you’ll look amazing at work and keep pet hair to a minimum.

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Shop koi accessories for fun animal-themed surgical hats, socks and more.

8 Simple Tips to Keep Your Scrubs Looking Fabulous!

 

  1. Turn scrubs inside out before washing.

This can extend the life of your scrubs by reducing wear and tear.

  1. Machine wash (warm/cold).

For best results, wash scrubs with like colors and use liquid detergents formulated for dark color fabrics. In in-house tests, we found that Wisk consistently outperformed other brands.

  1. Don’t use bleach. Ever.

Bleach can weaken fibers and damage prints. And avoid detergents with “color brighteners.” These can cause fading, especially on dark colors. Note: synthetic-based scrubs like koi Lite  and koi Basics tend to have much better color retention and require less care and no ironing.

  1. Tumble dry low and remove promptly.

Don’t over-dry. High temperatures can damage fabric and promote fading

  1. Avoid using dryer sheets.

Dryer sheets and fabric softeners can dramatically alter the properties of a garment, especially moisture-wicking fabrics. So we recommend using Woolzies dryer balls instead.

  1. Iron (warm/low) inside out.

Or use a press cloth between your iron and garment. This will reduce the chances of iron marks or damage to your scrubs.

  1. Buy quality scrubs

It’s worth it to spend a little more for quality. Some of our customers tell us they still wear koi scrubs they bought 10 years ago. Quality lasts.

  1. Choose scrubs that fit well.

Scrubs that are too tight put additional stress on the fabric and seams and may lead to tearing or ripping. Scrubs that are too loose or too long can be an accident waiting to happen. Some manufacturers like koi offer tall and petite sizes, which make it easier to find the right fit for you.

We also asked our scrubs-wearing customers to share their tips for making their scrubs last longer. Here’s what they told us:

  • Cold water wash and hang dry.
  • If your scrubs are cotton, do a first rinse in vinegar water as this sets the dye so colors stay brighter longer.
  • Wash scrubs with scrubs only.

Thanks to everyone who shared their tips!

By following these simple tips, you can help extend the life of your favorite scrubs.

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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Enhance the Experience for Your Dental Patients

Admittedly, most people aren’t very excited to visit their dentist. So we asked people for their thoughts on how dentists can provide a better, more positive patient experience.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Keep your patients entertained.

Many patients don’t enjoy the sound of the drill. So offering headphones and music could be a good idea. We’ve even heard of dentists who let their patients watch Netflix.

  1. Make your patients feel warm and cozy.

Some people are very sensitive to cool temperatures. So offering blankets can be a great way to keep your patient cozy and happy.

  1. Minimize patient waiting time. 

Many respondents told us they didn’t like being kept waiting when they show up on time for their appointments. Try to schedule appointments at realistic intervals so waiting time is kept to a minimum.

  1. Maintain a professional appearance.

Many practices are finding they can give their team a more modern, cohesive and professional look by choosing a specific style and color for staff uniforms. koi Lite is a popular option among dentists.

  1. Follow up.

People tell us they absolutely love it when their dentist calls the next day to check on how they’re doing. It lets them know you care.

One last thing, it drives patients crazy when dentists ask them questions while their mouth is wide open and they obviously can’t answer. So just stop it, okay?

By following these simple tips, maybe you can convince your patients that visiting the dentist isn’t so bad after all.

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What are compression socks and why you should wear them

What are compression socks?

Compression socks are a special type of socks designed to help increase blood circulation in your legs.

Unlike traditional socks, they are constructed to put more pressure on your legs, ankles and feet. Typically, they provide a snugger fit than regular socks.

What are the benefits of compression socks?

By compressing veins, arteries and muscles, more blood flows back to the heart and less blood pools in the feet. This increase in blood circulation can help prevent leg swelling and fatigue, reduce the risk of blood clots in the leg (deep vein thrombosis), improve comfort and provide relief from tired, aching legs.

Who can benefit from compression socks?

People with leg problems or at risk for blood clots can typically benefit from wearing compression socks. If your job requires you to spend a lot of time sitting or standing—such as nurses, restaurant workers, flight attendants and dentists—compression socks can help combat lingering muscle fatigue. Many doctors also recommend wearing them when traveling, especially if pregnant or overweight.

What types of compression socks are available?

Compression socks are available with different levels of compression. The unit of measure used is mmHg, which refers to the amount of pressure applied to the legs.

The higher the number, the greater the compression. Compression socks rated at 20 mmHg or less are available over the counter. Socks offering greater compression require a prescription and a trained fitter.

Socks with light to moderate compression (8 to 15 mmHg) are often recommended for people who have tired and fatigued legs from sitting or standing all day.

Compression socks are available for both men and women. They can be found in a wide range of colors and designs. Like these fun and whimsical compression socks from koi, which are constructed with Meryl® Skinlife, an antimicrobial yarn that helps reduce unpleasant odors.

Are compression socks difficult to put on?

Because compression socks offer a tighter fit than traditional socks, some people, especially those trying them on for the first time, may experience difficulty putting them on. Here are some tips:

  • Put them on first thing in the morning (before any swelling develops)
  • Avoid moisturizing your legs right before putting them on
  • You can also apply a little talcum power or corn starch to your legs to dry up excess moisture that causes friction
  • Gently pull the sock up your leg, smoothing the material as you pull
  • Make sure the heel is in the correct position and the seams are straight

5 REASONS TO WEAR COMPRESSION SOCKS

  1. Less muscle fatigue. Compression socks can help prevent swelling and fatigue.
  1. Increased blood circulation. They promote the flow of blood back to the heart.
  1. Reduced odor. Compression socks made with antimicrobial yarn can help reduce foot odor.
  1. Decreased risk of blood clots. They can help reduce the risk of blood clots in the leg.
  1. Support. They provide great support for long periods of standing or sitting.

Isn’t it time you got relief for your tired, aching feet?

 

 

7 Tips to Prepare You for Nursing School

Thinking about attending nursing school? Here are some tips to get you ready:

  1. LOAD UP ON MATH & SCIENCE CLASSES

Taking math and science classes like biology and chemistry now can help you get a jumpstart on some of the curriculum you’ll likely cover in nursing school.

  1. TALK TO NURSES

Ask questions. Lots of them. Most nurses will be happy to share their experience both on the job and about nursing school. You’ll get plenty off advice, just by asking.

  1. VOLUNTEER AT A HOSPITAL

Volunteering at a local hospital, clinic or nursing home is a great way to get exposure to the healthcare field and to see if nursing is right for you.

  1. TAKE A CAMPUS TOUR

Visit the campus of the nursing school you plan to attend. Talk to current students and get their thoughts on the school and student life. If possible, sit in on a class or two.

  1. EXPLORE SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

Nursing school can be expensive. Scholarship and financial aid can help ease the burden. Contact the financial aid office of the nursing school you hope to attend as well as search nursing scholarships online.

For info on koi’s scholarship program, click here.

  1. GET ORGANIZED

If you’re getting ready for your first semester of nursing school, good organization and time-management skills are key. Make sure you have all your required books and school supplies on day one. A good calendar is essential.

  1. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES

As a nursing student, you’ll be doing a lot of running around. Comfy shoes are a must!

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