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Its that time of year again. Holiday season is that special time when we give thanks for the blessings in our lives, enjoy hot seasonal beverages from festive red cups, and rack our brains struggling to come up with unique gift ideas for our loved ones. To help you avoid the mental breakdown that comes with brainstorming gift ideas, we've come up with a list of 10 unique and useful gifts for the physician in your life who already seems to have everything they need.
One of the questions we are commonly asked to explain is what exactly differentiates our Classic Fit Lab Coats from our Slim Fit Lab Coats. As you can probably guess from their names, the difference lies in the fit of the coat, the way that it drapes upon your body. Just as with ordinary clothing, some people prefer their garments to fit them snugly while others prefer a slightly looser fit. We are proud to be able to offer our customers the same options with their medical apparel that they see when shopping for non-work clothes.
We take pride in the fact that we offer our customers the best quality lab coats available. The introduction of our durable, high performance M3 fabric has raised the bar even higher, revolutionizing the way medical professionals look at their workwear. These coats look impressive, resist stains, and are highly durable so that they will last longer than all your other lab coats.
New medical students all over the country recently slipped on their white lab coats for the first time and got to feel the prestige and honor that this symbol holds. The white lab coat worn by doctors transcends the limits of merely functional workwear, giving the wearer a feeling of confidence and pride in their accomplishments and the knowledge that they are looked up to as among the most trustworthy members of society.
Medelita values and respects our customers. We know how hard you have worked to get where you are today, and our goal is to give you the exceptional quality of medical apparel that you truly deserve. How do we know we are acheiving that goal? The most irrefutable evidence that Medelita garments are of the highest quality available comes straight from you through customer testimonials. That being said, we could tell you all day about how incredible our revolutionary new M3 lab coats are - but sometimes you just have to see it to believe it. This video was shared with us by a customer who was astounded by the quality of his brand new Medelita M3 Lab Coat. He went so far as to say that it was the "Best Medical Coat Ever" and its easy to see why. Check out this 15-second video clip to see our M3 fabric in action.
Each day Medelita’s customer service team works diligently to ensure that you are fully satisfied with both your garments and the service you received. One topic that comes up frequently for our customer service representatives is the method of shipping and handling for our products. Here are the basics of the Medelita shipping and handling process.
If you follow us you'll know that advancements in technology that impact medicine get us excited, and we are huge proponents of encouraging kids to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math. That's why we donated our lab coats for this event in South Jordan, Utah, where middle and high school students were shown how exciting STEM is.
A few months ago Keila Valdz Mower, a Girl Scout leader in Utah, wrote a compelling email to Medelita requesting a donation of lab coats to support a STEM Education program. Medelita enthusiastically said YES! We are very excited to take a journey with the troop in support of their mission to educate young ladies about the career possibilities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields (STEM). We will be posting pictures of their adventures as they meet with different STEM professionals.
Kiela and assistant leader Kathy Steen Spahr shared the following experience about their first STEM trip.
“I wanted to share a sweet/positive story today. As part of our STEM Education program, our girls meet with Dermatologist Dr Kimberly Peppit and Registered Dietitian Jaime Saunders from The University of Utah Health Center in Daybreak. The girls learned all about skin care, nutrition and the role of STEM Education in their lives. What made this experience perfect, was the fact that the girls were wearing Lab Coats with their names embroiled in and ID badges… Medelita made it possible for girls to have a visual idea of what their future may look like.”
Here is the video:
Additional information on the Girl Scouts of America STEM program: http://www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org/stem
If your organization is planning an event to encourage kids to get involved in STEM, please let us know so that we can help get the word out.
At Medelita, we have always recommended that you purchase more than one lab coat at a time.
I'll admit that it's easy for us to make such recommendations; we are in business to sell you as many lab coats as we can, and I won't pretend otherwise. However, if you should decide to purchase a Medelita lab coat, here are some interesting facts to consider:
Is it a suit jacket or is it a lab coat?
First, let me congratulate you. You have spent (or will spend) four years in college, four more in med school, three to eight more years in residency, and maybe a few more years in a fellowship. A quarter of the world's population was born while you were doing all of this. You've gotten this far only to be perplexed by trivial decisions about how many lab coats to purchase.
I'll try to make it easy for you: Imagine if you were in any other profession where you were required to wear a suit to work. Would you wear the same jacket every day? Most of our customers have to wear a lab coat every single day at work during very long shifts. Our lab coats are not meant to be 'the only single lab coat you'll ever need' for the same reasons you wouldn't expect to own one suit for the rest of your professional life.
Holy lab coats!
Unfortunately, this misconception is sometimes difficult to dispel prior to purchase. We completely understand why. It absolutely makes sense that some customers are willing to pay more for the ultimate in durable fabric and performance technology, and we're working very hard to integrate new fabrics and finishing toward this end.
Every year we introduce fabric that is lighter, repels more fluid, and lasts longer - but there are limitations to what 100% cotton can do. If you throw on the same cotton t-shirt every day for a few months, you might expect to see a few holes emerge in the fabric. Likewise, our cotton lab coats are subject to the same vulnerabilities. So while we figure out a better solution, you can delay the fray by rotating in as many coats as possible.
Be part of the solution, not the problem.
A recent article published by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) outlined that while the link between healthcare-associated infections and attire hasn't been formally tested, common sense suggests that wearing clean clothes will undoubtedly reduce the possibility for transmission. The report offers several guidelines for attire, including a recommendation that professionals engaged in direct patient care "should possess more than 2 or more white coats and have access to a convenient and economical means to launder white coats." Their rationale is painfully simple:
"These practical considerations may help achieve the desired professional appearance yet allow for HCP to maintain a higher frequency of laundering of white coats."
Their research also clearly recognizes the benefit of wearing a lab coat:
“Overall, patients express preferences for certain types of attire, with most surveys indicating a preference for formal attire, including a preference for a white coat.”
"If you dress like a slob, you work like a slob. Doctors, like all health care professionals should wear white coats. It imports knowledge and authority. Also, they earned the honor."
We couldn't agree more.
- One lab coat is not enough.
- You will wear out a Medelita lab coat in the same amount of time it takes to wear out any other nice clothes you own.
- You took an oath to uphold the highest standard of patient health and safety, and it's clear that a clean rotation of professional attire plays an essential role.
We'd love to hear about your experience: how many lab coats to you have? Do you rotate between a few, or more?
Radically improving lab coats starts with dramatically improving the fabric. Medelita lab coat fabric is a proprietary diamond dobby weave which results in a beautiful subtle texture. Dobby weaves are limited to simple, small geometrics which are repeated frequently. Our founder and designer, Lara Francisco created a classic fabric that is soft to the touch, comfortable to wear, durable and drapes more like a suit and less like a smock. This radical new approach to lab coat fabric is one component that creates a more professional lab coat.
This was a tedious process which took considerable time. Countless samples were woven, and then sewn into sample garments, all in an effort to create the very best lab coat fabric. After multiple trials using different diamond scales, different yarn deniers, and different quality cotton stuffs Lara finalized our fabric weave many years ago.
The original fabric launch in 2008 was essentially a beta version, and since that early fabric, Lara has made considerable tweaks and refinements in an effort to improve on the core attributes of our fabric: softness, comfort, durability and style. Look for new fabrics from Medelita in the future which will continue to challenge the existing lab coat paradigm.
From The Blog
Today I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to a person that I know in the medical community, an individual who risked his life to help someone in need and who truly embodies the spirit of helping others. Last Friday at 4 am in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, Peter Gold was shot in the stomach after intervening to prevent an armed robbery/kidnapping from taking place.
In just a few short days, families across America will gather to gives thanks, eat until their bellies nearly burst, and enjoy football games during one of the most anticipated holidays of the year. Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season for most people, whether they regard that fact with eager anticipation or marked dread. Here are 10 little-known facts about this holiday that have nothing to do with the pilgrims, the Mayflower, or pumpkin pie.
Laughter is the best medicine. We've all heard it before, probably several times, throughout our lives. Its one of those pithy clichés that gets exclaimed so frequently that it has almost reached the point of redundancy - but does this proverb actually hold some truth, or is it just another ancient platitude passed on through cultural and oral traditions? A good, hearty laugh is well known to be able to boost one's mood, if only temporarily. But I found myself wondering if laughter has any quantifiable health benefits aside from a short-term morale boost.