Tips on How Nurses can Cope with Night Shifts

Sleepy Nurse

To hospital managers out there, one of the worst work situations your nurse staff has to deal with is working a night shift. This is more grueling than standard working hours, since they’re active during hours they’re supposed to be sleeping. It’s wouldn’t be crazy to assume that you’ve caught one of the nurses dozing off on one of the comfy hospital beds.

Night shifts can negatively affect one’s health, as the natural Circadian rhythm of a person is disrupted and has to adjust for the body to function well during these times.

If you have people on staff that struggle with their night shift schedules, here are a few tips you can give them so they can cope well with this challenging arrangement.

Tired Nurse

Find a flexible work schedule for your team members

Managers, be prepared to discuss this with your people. The scheduling system works well for certain staff members. Some can work two 8-hour shifts while some can do three. Others can pull off 3 12-hour shifts straight. When they’ve found their schedule, you can let them work. Just be sure to give them a day or two off after so they can rest.

Avoid activities, food, and drink that keep you awake

After working a night shift, it is tempting for nurses to gather and have a gimmick together. Also, before leaving the office, some nurses ingest energy drinks, cola, coffee, or sweet treats like donuts to keep them awake during the last few minutes of their shift. Advise your team not to do this. They could end up staying awake during the time they’re supposed to catch up on rest. Advise them to go home immediately after their shift and sleep.

Keep your home/room conducive to sleep

Your nurses may have avoided food and drinks that would keep them awake, but if they go home to a brightly lit home, chances are, they’ll lose the desire to sleep altogether. Inform them that they should keep their home and room dimly lit so they can be lulled to sleep by the lack of light.

Also, recommend them to keep their rooms comfortable with the right amount of pillows, blankets, and window covers. Nurses’ rooms at home should be a sanctuary of sleep so they can re-charge their batteries before pulling another all-nighter the next day.

Take power naps at work

A 5-10 minute power nap at work can energize nurses for the next couple of hours, so suggest this to them. Elaborate that this does not give them liberty to sleep on the job. With this small privilege, emphasize that there will be repercussions if you catch them abusing this small but helpful privilege.

Make sure your personal life is spick-and-span before going to work

A sudden personal errand could be the difference between life and death for a patient in the hospital. Tell your nurses to prepare everything that needs to be done at home so they can work uninterrupted afterwards.

Have you dealt with working a night shift before? Do you have any new ideas to share about coping with such a difficult timeframe? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Traveler’s Guide to Surviving Heavy Road Trips

Road Trip

So everyone’s bags are packed up and ready to go on your annual family road trip. You can’t really protect anyone from the risk of bringing too much clothes, so how do you survive a heavy road trip? Here’s a guide on how to do just that.

Car maintenance

The first trick to remember before going on a road trip is to make the necessary repairs. Your engine needs to be in tip-top shape, since it’ll be powering your vehicle during the entire journey. You’ll want to take your car to the auto mechanic just to make sure it’s working properly.

Another component you need to check on is the radiator. This device keeps your car’s engine cool. Radiators also prevent your engine from overheating, which leads to your car stalling.

Another car part to take note of is your car’s suspension and leaf springs, which do two very important things. Firstly, the suspension system absorbs the shock of bumps, humps, potholes, and other minor obstructions you may experience in the road. This ensures that everyone inside the vehicle experiences a smooth and comfortable ride.

Secondly, your car’s suspension system also distributes the weight inside the vehicle equally, so it doesn’t suddenly capsize in the road during a very sharp turn.

Polyurethane Packaging

Other road trip tips

Make sure you have a GPS (or map if you’re old school) to guide you along your trip. It definitely would be a hassle to get lost, as it is a waste of gas, time, and money. Be sure to program your GPS ahead of time; say, 2 nights before the trip.

If you’re carrying any valuable items with you, be sure to store them in the trunk compartment, not with you inside the vehicle. This reduces their risk of being taken during a sudden roadside robbery, which is very unlikely to begin with, but still – safety first.

If you’ve packed items such as glass or anything else that’s fragile with you, be sure to place them inside containers layered with polyurethane foam. This industrial material is great for keeping delicate items intact in bumpy rides.

Encourage everyone in your family to bring their own pillows and blanket. With the long drive, you can take short naps to pass time and keep yourself warm, too. Also, if you’re staying in a resort/hotel, it’s best to use your own beddings. You don’t know what germs lie in other mattresses/pillowcases.

And there you have it, the traveler’s guide on surviving heavy road trips. Do you have any other interesting tips you’d like to share with us? Do you agree or disagree with any of the ideas mentioned above? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below.

How to Maintain Hospital Mattresses during Summer

Hospital Patient

For hospital managers, mattress maintenance is a top priority. Beddings are where your patients rest from the stress of a major medical procedure. Most mattresses have a life of about 10 years, but wear and tear can affect the duration of its usefulness. If a particular hospital mattress is used frequently, the springs, coils, and foam within wear out much faster.

Also, frequent use means that bedding will be constantly warm. This attracts nuisances like bed bugs and dust mites, both of which pose as health risks to patients and the surrounding environment.

Since the summer months are just around the corner, this means that the heat will again attract more pests to your mattress. How do you deal with these inconveniences? By observing proper maintenance. So what are the ways on how you can take good care of your mattress during the summer season? Here are a few tips:

Flip your mattress

One way you can maintain your mattress properly is to flip it every 6 months, which (1) allows for even wear and tear for both sides and (2) prevent annoyances like dust mites and bed bugs from creeping up the surface and biting.

Dust Mites

Vacuum it

Doing this removes all the dead skin particles that gather on the surface of the mattress and also dust mites and bed bugs that reside in the top layers of the bedding. In line with the previous tip, be sure to vacuum the side that you flipped and the new side after turning the mattress over using the soft brush attachment.

Place a plastic cover on the mattress

A plastic cover is the best defense to further protect your mattress from those pesky invaders. They also act as a double-edged sword by preventing dead skin cells, dirt, other particles, and liquids from penetrating the mattress’ surface and causing further internal damage.

Sun dry your mattress

The summer heat is the best solution for eliminating all kinds of bacteria, mold, or fungi that reside in your mattress. Airing it also removes the smell of sweat or any other unpleasant odor that may have accumulated in the past months.

Give it a good, hot wash

Aside from the heat that comes from the sun, washing the entire mattress with warm water will definitely eliminate any bacteria and dirt that accumulated within. As an added solution, add about half a cup to a cup of vinegar (depending on the size of your mattress) to the wash to get rid of any unpleasant smells that still linger. Be sure to rinse your mattress with warm water again after to take out the sour smell of the vinegar.

Have you tried any one of these tips to clean your mattress during summer? Did they work for you or not? Do you know any other effective mattress cleaning methods? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

How Often should a Hotel Change their Mattresses?

Hotel Maid

No matter how luxurious a hotel and its amenities are, the most attractive product it can serve to its customers is the bed. A good hotel mattress to your clients is like honey to bees.

Hotel managers, if you’re reading this, then you are very familiar with the importance of a sleep luxury to a customer. You’ve probably received complaints from customers who requested for a new mattress because they complained of uncomfortable sleep experience. As the person in charge, it is a duty on your end to do the best that you can to answer their requests; or else, you lose valuable customers.

As customers continue to occupy a particular room and mattress, good maintenance must be applied. Bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and all the necessary bed accessories must be cleaned regularly and mattresses should be changed for the benefit of the customer. However, this begs the question, “How often should a hotel change their mattress?” Individual mattresses, regardless of the quality, are expensive.

Depending on the income stream, hotel staff might just choose not to change the beddings, ignoring the potential health risks they pose. Before we answer the question of this article, let’s look at the problems a dirty mattress causes.

Hotel Bed

It sure does look safe and fine, but just how unclean can it be?

Problems of a dirty mattress

A study has proven that, if a mattress is not changed, germs like staphylococcus aureus and pseudomonas aeruginosa can breed in the material. These two strains can lead to a staph infection leading to impetigo, cellulitis, blood infections, and pneumonia, respectively.

An unchanged bedding can also become a haven for dust mites and bed bugs. Bed bugs reside in mattresses because of their preference for carbon dioxide and warmth, all of which are provided by our beddings and breathe (humans breathe out CO2).

Dust mites, on the other hand, can gather on your mattress due to dander, or what is more commonly known as excess skin from the body. After eating, they defecate inside the mattress. 1 mite can release as much as 2000 units in 10 weeks. Mite fecal matter is a very harmful allergen that can cause sicknesses such as asthma, rhinitis, hay fever, rashes and even depression.

So how often?

Now that we know of the health hazards an unclean mattress brings, how regular is the need to change them?

The answer is that it depends on the hotelier. For establishments that are focused on providing the utmost in quality service, staff can change beddings at least every 6 months, or once a year, at most. The reason this is done at such short intervals is because it prevents the accumulation of human sweat, dead skin, and the problems mentioned above that pose as health risks to customers.

Some hotels wait 8-10 years to change the mattress, timing it with the renovation of a particular floor. They view this as a particularly cost-efficient move. In order to prolong mattress life and protect it against health risks, some management teams opt to cover the bedding in plastic.

How frequently does your team change your hotel’s mattresses? Every 6 months? A year? Or every 8-10 years? Do you think it’s really necessary to do so? Share your opinions in the comment section below.

The Problems of Prolonged Stay on a Hospital Bed & the Best Solution

Hospital Room

After a tedious medical procedure in the ER or ICU, patients are often prescribed bed rest in hospital beds for about a week so they can fully recuperate. Post-operation, doctors and their associates may need to monitor the patient’s condition or have additional tests done to see that the patient’s health is improving.

But as the saying goes, “too much of a good thing is bad”. While bed rest is key in restoring a patient’s health to normal, too much of it can result in further damage to the body. What are the health hazards of staying in bed too much? Is there a solution to it? If yes, what’s the best one?

We’ll find out today as we tackle the sensitive topic in this article.

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The Problems

·  Muscle Atrophy

One of the problems of prolonged stay on a hospital bed (or any bed for that matter), is the eventuality of muscle atrophy. This condition is defined as a “degeneration or wasting away of a particular body part because of neglect”.

In other words, a certain body part shrinks because it is not used as much as it needs to be. If further neglected, this could affect the overall physical movement of a person, due to the loss of the muscle’s memory in doing simple activities such as reaching to grab an item or even walking.

·  Bedsores

Going back to the topic of hospital beds, another problem a patient can contract from overstaying are bedsores. When too much pressure is put on a particular body part, the blood supply is cut off, causing the skin, muscle, and tissue to break down.

Over time, the lack of blood causes the skin to tear off, showing very painful wounds. The infection from these lesions can also poison the blood, causing an infection called sepsis. Christopher Reeve, an actor most famous for playing Superman in the 80s, died in 2004 due to a complication caused by bedsores.

·  Proper Patient Care Hindrances

Instead of sending home patients who are fit enough, medical staff continue to confine them to unnecessary bed rest, leading to what medical professionals call “bed blocking”. This is detrimental to the entire system as a whole because patients who are in dire need of serious treatment end up on wheelchairs and are not given the proper medical care and attention they need.

· Depression

Another problem with too much bed rest is that patients can succumb to periods of gloominess. This happens because of a lack of human interaction since they’re cooped up in the hospital while recuperating.

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The Best Solution

If patients are already well enough after a surgery or medical procedure, then doctors should immediately discharge the patient from the hospital bed and recommend physical therapy with another specialist or home care therapy

When this is followed through, their risk of suffering any of the problems mentioned above is dramatically decreased. As a result, doctors can properly attend to and treat more patients who need medical attention.

Have you suffered from any one or a combination of these problems? What solutions did you take to prevent them? Share your ideas in the comments section below!

How to Properly Maintain Acoustic Foam

 

Theater with Acoustic Foam

 

For studios, auditoriums, gymnasiums, theaters, and other rooms that can hold a capacity of at least 200-300 people, acoustic foam is a very important part of the area’s layout.

The properties of acoustic foam cancel out flutter, slap echo, and other unwanted reverberations that are damaging to the ear. In effect, what the proper application of acoustic foam does is balance the sound levels of a particular area, keeping them gentle on the ears while, at the same time, preventing abrasion.

Acoustic foam can be placed on walls, ceilings, or corners for maximum use. But over time, this noise-canceling foam can gather dirt and dust, just like any other everyday item. Dirt not only affects the properties of the foam and decreases its lifespan, but also poses as health hazards to the people it surrounds, causing a number of respiratory diseases such as asthma, pneumoconiosis, and fibrosis.

That being said, institutions employing the use of these devices must know how to thoroughly clean their acoustic foam. Managers, if you’re wondering how your team can do this and keep a regular maintenance schedule, then this is an opportune post for you. Today, we’ll look at ways on how to properly maintain acoustic foam – wherever it’s installed.

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The Power of the Vacuum Cleaner

One of the easiest methods of keeping your acoustic foam wall or ceiling clean is using a vacuum cleaner. But be sure that you don’t use the hose without any attachment, as doing so will damage the surface of the foam.

Use the 1-inch (the one with the small rectangular opening) or soft brush attachment. When gliding the soft brush on the surface, you allow pockets of dust to be brushed off and sucked in by the vacuum.

A Damp Cloth and some Isopropyl Alcohol

If there is adhesive residue on a particular portion of the acoustic foam, it’s time for some good ‘ol fashioned elbow grease. First apply some isopropyl alcohol on the cloth and rub it over the dirty area(s). Then, wet a portion of the cloth with water and wipe over the same area(s) to get rid of the smell of alcohol.

After that, do not leave the damp area of the acoustic foam to dry, as that will attract mold, ruining the material even more. Instead, dry it with a hair dryer set to “cool”.

Spills or Stains? Use Non-Solvents

It is ill-advised to use soapy water to clean a stain on acoustic foam, as these substances will only damage the material. Use a non-solvent cleaner on dry cloth instead, as these dissolve whatever stain or dirt is stuck on the acoustic foam.

A product like Wipe Out can do wonders to your acoustic foam wall or ceiling. Just remember to wipe it with isopropyl alcohol and a damp cloth after to take out the smell before finally drying it.

Do you have any other tips on how to properly maintain acoustic foam? Did the three tips we mentioned above work for you or not? Whatever the case may be, feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below.

Finding the Right Kind of Mattress for your Hotel

Comfortable Hotel Mattress

A hotel manager’s job to make sure that you provide the best R&R experience to your customers, allowing them to fully maximize and enjoy their stay at your establishment.

As a manager, you instinctively know that, more than the pool area, sports club, Jacuzzi, and dining areas, it is the bedroom that contributes most to a customer’s satisfaction. More specifically, it is the hotel mattress that makes the most impact during his or her stay.

If the mattress aided the client’s experience of a restful, relaxing visit to your hotel, every other factor, whether positive or negative is secondary. Remember that people check in hotels because it is a place of tranquility. If the quality of your mattress provides that experience, then your goal of customer satisfaction is successful.

However, no hotel is safe from complaints, and it is not uncommon for the front desk to receive calls from unhappy customers who aren’t pleased with their room’s mattress.

It doesn’t have to be that way, you know. You can minimize complaints and ensure every customer in your establishment gets quality rest because you bought the right kind of mattresses. How do you do that? One word: URATEX.

  • Why URATEX offers the best for your hotel

We are the only manufacturer you need to remember for the best hotel mattresses money can buy. We currently have three kinds of mattresses on the market specifically designed for hotels, and each has its own unique features:

Premium Touch Comfort Slumber Mattress

Premium Touch Comfort Slumber Mattress

1. The Premium Touch Collection – Manufactured with the perfect balance of stability and pliability to ensure the customer’s comfort and durability.

Sleep Comfort Memory Mattress

Sleep Comfort Memory Mattress

2. Foam Mattresses – These beddings are catered according to the specific needs of customers, providing them with a one-of-a-kind R&R experience. To name a few, some of the items in this section are the quilted classic, safe ‘n sound, and orthocare.

Select Bonnel Cirrus Mattress

Select Bonnel Cirrus Mattress

3. Select Bonnel Spring Collection – Using the latest in spring technology, this collections features mattresses that provide end-to-end consistency.

Finding the right kind of mattress for your hotel doesn’t have to be a tedious task. You don’t have to look far. In fact, you don’t even have to look beyond this page. Once you’ve determined which URATEX Hotel Mattress is best for your hotel, then you’ve officially made your hotel a more refreshing and comfortable place to stay in.