Tag Archives: medisave

5 Tips On How To Work Long Hours Without Losing Your Mind

The long hours and all-night working culture for some medical professionals is unfortunately a standard fixture. But despite the obvious downsides, 12 hour (and longer) shifts remain fairly popular compared with 8 hour shifts. The most prominent benefit  of the longer shifts is less handoffs, meaning patients are not being attended to by as many Nurses. This could mean less reports and less chance of miscommunication errors, while giving the chance for patients to feel more comfortable with the Nurses on shift.

While this particular point is beneficial to patients, when you’re doing your third 12 hour shift in a row, especially late into the night, it can be tough to stay energised and positive. The correct pair of shoes can help you feel more comfortable while you work but there is only so much help extra comfort can give you.

We have pulled together 5 of our favourite tips to help you survive those extra grueling 12+ long shifts with your mind and patients intact.

#1. Be A Creature Of Habit

Being a medical professional is unpredictable, not just in the patients you care for but also the hours worked. With working past your shift end potentially being a regular occurrence depending on your area, it is important to have a sense of habit and schedule outside of work.

Most Nurses recommend trying to keep a regular sleep schedule and going to bed or settle down at the same time, including on days off. Start and manage some routines in your personal life that you can rely on to be dependable and relaxing. This could mean a hobby, eating a meal with the family, or watching your favourite TV show.

lady performing a yoga exercise on a roof

It is also worth creating a ‘behaviour chain’, and instead of choosing an abstract goal such as, “I need to exercise three times a week”, create an action plan that leads to it. For example, “Once I get home from work I will eat a healthy snack, change out of my work uniform, and then go for a thirty minute run.” This kind of planning is more effective for creating healthy habits which in turn can help your daily routine.

#2. Let Caffeine Be Your Servant, Not Your Master

Caffeine in one form or the other is the ultimate life saver for many medical professionals. It can be used as an initial boost at the start of the shift or or an absolute necessity throughout as a substitute for sleep. But a study from 2016 found that  after restricting sleep to 5 hours per night, caffeine use no longer improved alertness or performance after three nights.

As medical professionals, it is essential to understand the advantages and drawbacks of coffee consumption to fully claim the benefits, without affecting your work negatively. You wouldn’t tell a patient to constantly drink coffee throughout the day to get them through it, so don’t do it yourself!

Coffee with a happy face

The fact is, no amount of coffee can replace a solid night’s sleep and for your patients (and own) sake, it’s best not to rely on caffeine too much to get you through those long hours.  Start your shift with a strong coffee and avoid it all together for the last half of your shift. This way by the time you’ve finished, you’ll be ready to settle down to sleep if you need to, without having caffeine in your system keeping you awake.

#3. Fuel Your Body

You wouldn’t advise a patient to work long hours on an empty stomach, so why would you do it yourself?

There is plenty of advice out there on medical professionals getting enough sleep with their long shifts, but what about the fuel needed for your body and brain to keep you going while you’re working?

Hunger can be just as bad as sleep deprivation for mood and on-the-job performance so it is important that you make sure you get regular breaks for snacks. If you are in a rush (which you probably will be) bring a number of high protein snacks with you such as nuts and energy bars that will release energy over a longer period of time.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during your shift to hold off the dehydration and fatigue, while keeping you fuller for longer.

Snacks can be all well and good in a pinch, but ideally you’d like a healthier and fuller meal to keep those energy levels up. This is where meal prep comes in.

meal preparation with meat and vegetables

Work this in as part of your schedule as mentioned in point #1 and set aside a bit of time on a day off and create your meals to bring to work over the course of the week. It will save you money, time in the long run and could be much healthier than fitting in snacks where you can while at work. Plenty of meat, vegetables and rice or pasta will give you the energy you need to power through your shift without you getting too hungry again. The more meals you are able to freeze on meal prep day, the less you have to focus on meal prep during the rest of the week. Find some recipes here.

#4 Leave Work At Work

Medical professionals are dedicated, determined and can be self-diagnosed ‘workaholics’. Going the extra mile for your patient is truly wonderful and sometimes necessary, but you must know your own limits and learn to leave work at the door when you go home for the day.

A study in the United States showed:

“In hospitals which had higher proportions of nurses working longer shifts, higher percentages of patients reported that nurses sometimes or never communicated well, pain was sometimes or never well controlled, and they sometimes or never received help as soon as they wanted.”

So although you may have good intentions, taking a much needed break may not only be the best thing for you, but your patients too.person sleeping on a couch

#5 Keep Strong Friendships

You will find your friends will be a lifeline the more long hours you put in.

No matter what you talk about, whether you’re ranting about your day, or setting up your next night out together, a chat with a friend will leave you happier and more energised.

Working with friends can make you more productive as you can coordinate tasks more effectively without the awkwardness of working with strangers and not knowing what makes them tick. It may make the shift more enjoyable, less tiring, easier to manage and overall, get a better performance from you.

Team and friends bumping fists

Outside of work though, your friends can be an temporary escape from those multiple 12 hour shifts in a row. Taking a breather from you professional life reduces stress, clears your head, and can help you bring a new perspective to your work or personal life.

While you can be spontaneous with meeting your friends if you feel up to it, it is also important working with point #1 and schedule some time together. This way you will be less likely to waste your precious spare time by sitting on the couch all day watching Netflix, which although sounds tempting, isn’t nearly as fun as spending time with your friends!

Try planning ahead and booking fun activities from the likes of Wowcher and Groupon. Booking an activity with your friends will give you something to look forward to while you’re working hard and can make you more proactive while giving you that extra little push you need to get you through those long hours.4 friends looking at the sunset

Do you have any tried and tested methods for surviving those long shifts? Let us know in the comments!

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – Meet The Medisave Apprentices – Part 3

For National Apprenticeship Week 2018, Medisave has put together three blog posts detailing the day to day work lives of three of our apprentices at different stages of their apprenticeships.

To finish off this series, in part three we have our youngest apprentice Amber who works as a Customer Service Assistant and has been with us for just over 2 weeks!

Medisave Employee Amber

Name: Amber
Age: 18
Length of service: 2 weeks
Apprenticeship: Intermediate Customer Service Apprenticeship – Level 2.
Overview: Amber commenced an Intermediate Customer Service Apprenticeship with Medisave slightly over two weeks ago. Following successful completion of an Intermediate BTEC in Business Studies at a local college, and several years working in a customer facing environment, Amber is keen to get gain invaluable office experience. 
Amber has made an excellent start and is being trained extensively to communicate with our vast and varied customer base through a variety of mediums. With over 30,000 different products and a wide variety of ways to communicate with our team, every day is new and exciting. Not only will Amber receive training support from a local business school,  our experienced and outstanding customer service team will closely train Amber to enable her to provide outstanding customer service, every single time.

 

Amber says,

“It’s very early days but the apprenticeship, so far, has been a real eye opener into how a real business environment works. It’s one thing learning from textbooks, but another stepping into the real world of work and gaining on the job training. From what I can see, an apprenticeship offers not only real and invaluable experience, but also support and a foot in the door, as it’s incredibly competitive to find entry level office work that will train you for a real position.

Medisave has made me feel very welcome since starting which has really helped me settle down and be comfortable these past 2-3 weeks. I am looking forward to the challenge of working in other departments for a limited time so I gain a better understanding of how the company and business process works .”

 

Apprenticeships Vacancies at Medisave

Medisave have apprenticeship vacancies available in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3, Business Administration Level 2 and Level 3 and AAT Level 2 and Level 3. For further information please see www.medisave.co.uk/jobs

3 of medisaves apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – Meet The Medisave Apprentices – Part 2

For National Apprenticeship Week 2018, Medisave is putting together three blog posts detailing the day to day work lives of three of our apprentices at different stages of their apprenticeships.

In part two we have Max who works as a  Customer Service Assistant. 

Medisave employee max

Name: Max
Age: 21 
Length of service: 6 months.
Apprenticeships: Customer Services Level 3

Overview: Max joined the company as an apprentice in 2017 working as a Trainee Customer Service Assistant. He is six months into his apprenticeship and is responsible for handling customer enquiries, placing orders, taking phone calls and more.  

As part of his apprenticeship Max has also worked in other departments within the company including:
Operations, where he printed orders, handled payments and processed credit checks.
Returns, which involved handling customer and courier returns.
Warehouse, packing orders and printing labels.
 
This has helped to give him a better understanding of how the company works and how best to assist customers.

 

Max says,

“Having an apprenticeship means I can continue my education without having to worry about how to fund it and it has given me the practical skills that will help me throughout the rest of my working life.

Over the past six months at Medisave I have been given the opportunity to work in different departments which has given me a greater knowledge into the company and products. This extra knowledge has turned out to be vital in working in Customer Service as I feel I can answer queries with more confidence.

Being able to get a taste of different departments has not just benefited my Customer Service work, but the team relationships too. I have gotten to know everybody that works at Medisave which makes for a more comfortable work environment.”

 

Apprenticeships Vacancies at Medisave

Medisave have apprenticeship vacancies available in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3, Business Administration Level 2 and Level 3 and AAT Level 2 and Level 3. For further information please see www.medisave.co.uk/jobs

3 of medisaves apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 – Meet The Medisave Apprentices – Part 1

At Medisave we pride ourselves on supporting apprenticeships to open the pathway for people to have a great and full career.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week we have created the first of three blog posts detailing the day to day work life of three current apprentices at different stages of their apprenticeship.

Photo of Medisave Employee Adam

Name: Adam
Age: 21 
Length of service: 2 years and 5 months.
Apprenticeships: AAT Level 2 Accounting Apprenticeship and AAT Level 3 Accounting Apprenticeship.
Overview: Adam joined Medisave in 2016 as an intermediate apprentice, working as a ‘Trainee Accounts Assistant’. Adam successfully completed this apprenticeship and progressed to the AAT level 3 accounting apprenticeship, and is scheduled to take his final exam this month. 
Adam is a hugely valuable member of the Finance team. He has gained invaluable experience working in a close knit and experienced team that works with GBP, USD, CAD, NZD, EUROS. Upon the impending completion of his course, we look forward to offering him a permanent contract and supporting him with the exciting next step to ‘Accounts Assistant’.

 

Adam says,

“My apprenticeship doing the AAT Level 3 (after previously completed the AAT Level) has provided me with the opportunity to work a 9-5 job and learn at the same time in an area that I have wanted to work in and learn more about. It has enabled me to push myself to accomplish things that I did not think I would do at the age I am.

I am working in the Accounts department of an international medical supplies company and it is something that I am proud of.

The great support network here at Medisave has enabled me to develop and flourish  – not only professionally, but as a person. I have grown as a person in ways I did not think I could, and this apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to continue to grow and learn. As Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young”.”

 

Apprenticeships Vacancies at Medisave

Medisave have apprenticeship vacancies available in Customer Service Level 2 and Level 3, Business Administration Level 2 and Level 3 and AAT Level 2 and Level 3. For further information please see www.medisave.co.uk/jobs

3 of medisaves apprentices

Part 2 soon…

10 Top Apps for Healthcare Professionals

Doctor Using Tablet
Photo by NEC Corporation of America with Creative Commons license.

Smartphones are a huge part of day to day life, and mobile health is developing at incredible speeds as mobile technology keeps expanding. More and more healthcare professionals are using their smartphone apps to provide more efficient healthcare.

We list 10 top apps that a healthcare professional could find beneficial in a healthcare environment.

1. Medscape

medscape apps icon

 

Medscape is one of the leading medical apps and resources used by healthcare professionals.

The app, developed by WebMD, allows Physicians to ask clinical questions, share images and discuss cases with only a registration required. With over 4 million registered users, this app is a must.

iOS/Android/Free

Features:

  • Medical news
  • Drug information & tools
  • Disease and condition information
  • Medical Calculators
  • Drug formulary information
  • Offline access
  • Medical education courses
  • Quickly look up medications and dosages with the Drug Reference Tool

 

 

2. Figure 1  

Figure1 healthcare apps icon

You could call Figure 1 the Instagram of the medical world. The idea is to view and share medical images and cases to sharpen medical knowledge on the go and ask healthcare professionals for instant feedback. Having over 1 million medical professionals using the app and being rated highly,  it could be seen as an essential learning and collaborative tool.

       iOS/Android/Free

Features:

  • View thousands of real-world teaching cases from Physicians and Nurses in hundreds of specialities
  • Page healthcare professionals around the world for instant feedback
  • Communicate with your colleagues using secure, encrypted direct messaging
  • Recognise rare conditions in patients

 

 

3. UpToDate

uptodate apps icon

UpToDate is an evidence-based, Physician-authored clinical decision support resource with over 1.3 million clinician users in 197 countries.  With over 30 research studies confirming that widespread usage of the app is associated with improved patient care and hospital performance, it’s clear that numbers don’t lie and UpToDate is a worthy inclusion. Just be careful of the high individual subscription cost.

iOS/Android/Free to download (individual or institutional subscription required).

Features:

  • Persistent login
  • Easy search with auto-completion
  • Earn and track free CME/CE/CPD credit
  • Bookmarks and history
  • Mobile-optimized medical calculators
  • Print and email topics or graphics to patients and colleagues

 

 

4. Touch Surgery

Touch Surgery Medical Apps

Certainly a visually appealing medical app, Touch Surgery is an interactive (and fun looking!) mobile surgical simulator that guides you through a range of operations.

Though potentially more suited toward Surgical Trainees, there’s no doubt that more experienced healthcare professional can still learn and refresh their knowledge.

iOS/Android/Free

Features:

  • Learn operations step-by-step in the training mode
  • Experience realistic surgical environments created with state-of-the-art 3D graphics
  • Track your results and measure your progress
  • Build a personalised library of procedure
  • Learn new techniques from top physicians
  • Spy glass feature allows you to identify and learn about the instruments, tissues, muscles and bones contained in procedures
  • Access a wide range of 3D simulations
  • Share your progress with fellow professionals

 

 

5. Medtimer

Medtimer medical apps icon

Medtimer has been included because of its ease of use and accuracy. It has been crafted to enable health professionals to time heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR) while removing the need to perform calculations or counting. Allowing full concentration on your patient and being a completely free and non disturbing app (no advertising) makes it a quick and easy essential to add to your smartphone.

iOS/Free

Features:

•   Works for heart rate (HR) and respiratory/breathing rate (RR)
•   Count the number of beats or breaths for you
•   Calculate the rate per minute from the count (BPM)
•   Display comparison charts for all age ranges
•   Works across all of your Apple devices including phones, tablets and watches

Medtimer healthcare app icon

 

6. Epocrates

epocrates medical apps icon

Similar to Medscape, Epocrates is another popular drug reference app that also includes a few tools such as BMI checker. Users can search medications by generic name, brand name or using a list of conditions.

The app is free to download and use but has basic features until you pay for a yearly subscription, but with over 1 million users, it has to be worth it.

iOS/Android/Free – yearly subscription starting at £119.99.

Features:

•   Review drug prescribing and safety information for thousands of brand, generic, and OTC drugs
•   Check for potentially harmful drug-drug interactions among up to 30 drugs at a time
•   Identify pills by imprint code and physical characteristics
•   Access timely medical news and research information
•   Find providers for consults and referrals in the Provider Directory
•   Select national and regional healthcare insurance formularies for drug coverage information
•   Perform dozens of calculations, such as BMI and GFR
•   Coordinate care securely with HIPAA-compliant text messaging

 

7. Doximity

Doximity medical apps

Touted the LinkedIn for Doctors, Doximity is a social networking app with over 60% of Clinicians signed up. Staying connected with your colleagues is only part of the appeal as Doximity includes tools for HIPAA-secure communication, electronic faxing and custom curated medical news to name a few.

Having raised $54 million funding in 2014 and the extremely high rated app experience, you can be sure that you need this app on your smartphone.

iOS/Android/Free

Features:

  • HIPAA-secure encryption
  • Find colleagues, specialists, news, and more
  • Get your very own free HIPAA-secure fax line
  • Stay up to date with articles chosen just for you
  • Find consulting and career opportunities

 

8. Pocket Anatomy

pocket anatomy apps icon

Another app that could be more suited to a junior healthcare professional, Pocket Anatomy is similar to Touch Surgery due to its visual appeal.

With this app you can search through thousands of anatomical structures then move and zoom through high resolution complex medical structures. It will be a challenge and refresher for a junior or a more experienced healthcare professional.

iOS/£9.99 + Video Credit purchases.

Features:

  • Intuitive search – Suggestions after the first characters of the word
  • Intuitive navigation – Fly around the human body by swiping your finger
  • Rich content – Full 3D male and female anatomy
  • Clinical relevance – Anatomical structures in each layer are pinned for identification
  • Great study tool – If you’re studying for an exam you can enter notes next to a pin and bookmark content, and also quiz yourself or colleagues.

 

 

9. Induction

Induction medical apps icon

Induction is a single place to store all the numbers and bleeps you need every day as a medical professional working in a hospital.

Having a huge directory only a few taps away in an app that’s quick and easy to use, makes this one of our must have apps if you work in a hospital.

iOS/Android/Free

Features:

  • Location-based extensions
  • Private information
  • Healthcare professionals can contribute
  • Secure
  • FAQ database control

Induction healthcare app icon

 

10. Read by QxMD

Read by QxMD medical apps icon

Like to read? Then Read by QxMD is the app for you. It provides a place where you can keep up to date with new medical and scientific research literature, and search PubMed for articles.

With thousands of outstanding topic reviews and access to millions of articles in one app where you can organise your own personal collection, Read by QxMD is a clear choice if you’re an avid reader and learner of medical research.

iOS/Android/Free

Features:

  • Get full text PDFs with one tap
  • Keep up with the latest new research that will impact your practice
  • Browse through thousands of outstanding topic reviews
  • Search millions of articles from PubMed and our database of outstanding topic reviews
  • Read your favorite journals or browse article collections
  • Access full text through your university/institutional subscription or via open access publishers
  • Share articles with colleagues over email, Twitter and Facebook
  • Organize and review your personal collection of articles

 

 

What Would You Like To See On The Medisave Blog?

 

we need you text

What Would You Like To See On The Medisave Blog?

At Medisave we want to give you the best service possible, whether it be the products we sell, low prices, customer service support, or our social media outreach.

Today we are asking you what you would most like to see and read on the Medisave blog. Over the course of 2017 and onward we are looking to make a huge push in our blog posts and make them as relevant as possible to our readers.

With this in mind we have created a poll to get a better idea of what topics and subjects you would like to see. We have several general answers of which you may choose up to two, and we would really value your input!

laptop with blog poll results

While we will certainly be listening to what you – our readers – have to say, we will still vary the type of posts to maintain some variety.  It is important to us to gather information on what topics you would spend your time reading so we can focus on the most popular choices.

Thank you for taking part and voting.  Our goal is to produce quality content related to everything that Medisave is a part of, and who better to decide on favoured content than the people who will be reading it.

What would you like to see more of on the Medisave blog? You may choose up to two answers.
votes

Medisave Now Recognised as Google Certified Shop

certified-shops-hero-overviewMedisave, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of medical products, was recently selected to join the Google Certified Shops program.

To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Certified Shops badge is awarded to e­commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on­time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the Medisave website, shoppers will see a Google Certified Shops badge and can click on it for more information.

Graham Wright, Medisave Managing Director, said: “Delivering a high quality customer experience is at the core of what we do at Medisave. Joining the Google Certified Shops program is further confirmation of that excellence and another step along the road of continual improvement.”

Continue reading Medisave Now Recognised as Google Certified Shop

Supplying Your Medical Equipment from our Clean, Green Building

It’s important to you, and to us, that our medical equipment supply operation has minimal impact on the environment. So we’re thrilled to be headquartered in our own smart new building which boasts excellent green credentials.

Medisave House, in Weymouth, has been awarded ‘Excellent’ status under BREEAM, the foremost environmental rating system for buildings. In practice, this means our new home serves us well today, without creating negative consequences for future generations.

Here are some of the features that allow us to do business without gouging a massive carbon footprint into the glorious Jurassic Coast, where we are based.

Continue reading Supplying Your Medical Equipment from our Clean, Green Building

Stylish Stethoscope Protection – New Ballistics Stethoscope Case Colours

At Medisave we are very excited to unveil our new, expanded range of Premium Ballistics Stethoscope Cases! Our best-selling range of Classic and Cardiology stethoscope cases are now available in four new stunning colours: Smoke, Royal Blue, Teal and Red to give you great style and excellent protection for your stethoscope!

Medisave Cardiology Balistics Case - Grey  Medisave Cardiology Balistics Case - Blue  Medisave_Balistics_Cardiology_Stethoscope_Case_Teal  Medisave_Balistics_Cardiology_Stethoscope_Case_Red

Why Use a Ballistics Stethoscope Case?

Continue reading Stylish Stethoscope Protection – New Ballistics Stethoscope Case Colours