Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 28, 2013


5 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following

            It seems like everyone is on Twitter these days. From President Obama to your 12-yr old niece, people are tweeting pictures, lyrics to their favorite songs, their thoughts on the last episode of Game of Thrones, and more. Twitter is a great way to get information in a quick and organized way. But, like I said, it seems like EVERYONE is on Twitter these days. So how do you know who to follow? We’ve come up with a list of 5 accounts that you won’t regret adding to your Twitter newsfeed. 

1.    @HealthTapFor Your Own #Health

Trying to stick to a healthier diet? Looking for ways to shake up your workout routine? @HealthTap delivers tips and answers to your questions from doctors across the United States. Whether they are explaining the meaning behind the old “an apple a day” saying or sending out a motivational message about healthy living, @HealthTap will keep you on the right track.

2.    @CDCgovFor Your #Job

Working in the healthcare world involves staying up to date on the latest news on infection outbreaks, new safety measures, and more. But it can be time-consuming to sort through countless news pages and decide which news is relevant or reliable. The Center for Disease Control’s official Twitter account will do that work for you, bringing you information about current medical topics you need to know.

3.    @GoogleFactsFor Your #Brain

Do you know what a duel between three people is called? Or the name of the little paper flag sticking out of a Hershey’s Kiss? You would if you followed @GoogleFacts. This Twitter account brings you all those random facts and interesting trivia that will come in handy when you’re finally a contestant on Jeopardy (or need an icebreaker while talking to a new coworker). And, for the record, a duel between three people is a truel, and that paper flag is a “Nigglywiggly”. I bet you didn’t learn that in high school.

4.    @BrendonBurchardFor Your #Heart

Sometimes I wish I had my own personal cheerleader/guru to get me through the week. And even though I might not be able to find an actual person to follow me around and motivate me, @BrendonBurchard is the next best thing. This bestselling author tweets daily quotes from diverse and well-spoken individuals such as Buddha, Helen Keller, and John F. Kennedy. Some quotes inspire you, some make you reevaluate priorities, and some just make you happy. But all are worth hearing.

 5.    @TheEllenShowFor Your #FunnyBone

Twitter has no shortage of twitter accounts claiming to be “funny”, from celebrities to TV personalities to comedians and everything in-between.  But, with the exception of one, every humorous twitter account either doesn’t meet the PG-rated standards of this blog or really isn’t that funny. @TheEllenShow, however, is humor at its best. From commentary on celebrities and current events to Classic Joke Tuesday (my personal favorite), Ellen makes sure you don’t take life too seriously.

By following these 5 accounts, Twitter takes care of your health, your job, your brain, your heart, and your funny bone. This should open up a lot of free time, and, in my unbiased opinion, I think you should spend it following a sixth Twitter account: @MidbrookMedical. Now, get busy tweeting about how much you loved this blog post. #happyfriday

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June 27, 2013


Nelson Mandela’s Most Powerful Weapon

The atmosphere in South Africa over the past few weeks has been restless to say the least as citizens anxiously wait for updates on the health of their former president, Nelson Mandela. But who is Mandela? What did this man do to deserve such admiration and respect? And what can we still learn from him today?

Nelson Mandela was one of the most influential figures in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He was actively involved in protests for over 20 years and then imprisoned by the government for 27 years because of his efforts in the struggle for black rights. After his release, he continued to help South Africa on her rocky journey to democracy by negotiating with then president F.W. de Klerk. Finally, in 1994, South Africa held her first democratic election, choosing Mandela himself as leader.

As if that isn’t inspirational enough, after Mandela’s election, rather than hate or revenge, he promoted forgiveness and harmony between blacks and whites.  It is no wonder that Mandela is idolized by many South Africans as a symbol of freedom and a voice of wisdom.

Influence such as Mandela’s, however, does not stop at the South African borders. While reading some of the updates on his health, I came across this quote of Mandela’s:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”


Here I am in Jackson, Michigan, thousands of miles away from South Africa, and Mandela has summed up exactly what we are trying to promote at Midbrook Medical. You might have seen our recent press release describing steps we are taking to educate others on infection prevention and the latest medical developments. We are doing so because we, like Mandela, believe that education is essential to creating change.

If you don’t know there is a problem, how do you know to fix it? If you don’t know there is a better way to do something, how can you know to use it? Whether you are the President of South Africa or a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, education is the answer.

We might not be imprisoned in a South African prison, but we are trapped by what we don’t know about infection prevention. That is why we hope you will continue to help us teach and learn from each other as we work to change the way we look at HAIs, cleanliness, and the safety of patients and healthcare workers.

And may not only Mandela’s message but also the health and wellbeing of Mandela himself gain strength and endure for many years to come.

Thank you to our source for specific facts and details on Mandela’s life.

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June 26, 2013


TED events have gained fame as a way for experts in every field imaginable to share new ideas with and learn from other innovators around the world.

At TEDx Charleston, Michael Schmidt, Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, explained what he believes is “The Secret and the Solution” to helping control HAIs (Healthcare-Acquired Infections). Watch here to find out what it is…

A note to those who received our email on this TEDx talk: The number of people admitted to the hospital each year in the United States is 35 million, not 35 billion. 35 million is alarming enough, thank goodness that was only a typo!

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June 25, 2013

Did you know???

HAIs (Healthcare-Acquired Infections) are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States.

They kill more people every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and automobile accidents COMBINED.

And I thought we went to hospitals to CURE our illnesses and injuries. Something needs to change…

Learn more at

Thank you to Novaerus for the statistics

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June 24, 2013

Monday Mash-up

They say laughter is the best medicine, so laughing at medical jokes must be twice as effective, right? Here are some of our favorites…

#1- The Best Cure

If you have a lot of tension and get a lot of headaches, do what it says on the aspirin bottle, “Take two and keep away from children.”

#2- I Hurt All Over!

A young woman went to the doctor complaining of pain. “You have to help me,” she cried, “I hurt all over!”

“What do you mean, all over?” asked the doctor, “Try to be a little more specific.”

The woman touched her right knee with her index finger and yelled, “Ow that hurts!” Then she touched her left cheek and, again, yelled, “Ouch! That hurts too.” Then she touched her right earlobe, “Ow, even THAT hurts,” she bellowed, bursting into tears.

The doctor checked her thoroughly and announced his diagnosis: “You have a broken finger.”

#3- Rules Are Rules

Hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged. However, while working as a student nurse, Julie found one elderly gentleman—already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet—who insisted he didn’t need any help leaving the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let Julie wheel him to the elevator. On the way down, she asked him if his wife was meeting him.

“I don’t know,” he said, “she’s still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown.”

#4- Call Me On My Iron

A guy came into the hospital with two burned ears.

When the doctor asked him how it happened, he replied, “I was ironing my clothes, and the phone rang…but instead of the phone I picked up the iron and burned my ear.”

“But how the heck did you burn the other ear?” The doctor asked.

“How do you think I called you people?!”

#5- Tetanus! Measles! Flu!

A nursing student at the hospital was perplexed by Dr. Smith’s behavior. On and off throughout her shift Dr. Smith would run up and down the hallway, yelling, “Tetanus, measles, flu!”

Very curious, the student asked the head nurse, “Why does Dr. Smith keep doing that?”

“Oh, just ignore him,” the head nurse replied, “He thinks he calls the shots around here.”

#6-  The Right Coverage

Q: How is a hospital gown like insurance?

A: You’re never covered as much as you think you are.

#7- Congrats, You Just Had…

Three men were at a hospital waiting for their babies to be born.

The nurse comes in and tells the first man, “Congratulations, you just had twins!” He said, “That’s wild, because I work for Twin Gates Electric Company.”

Another nurse comes in and tells the second man, “Congratulations, you just had triplets!” He said, “Man, that’s uncanny because I work for 3M company.”

Upon hearing all this, the third man gets up from his chair and starts toward the door. The nurse says, “Wait sir, your wife hasn’t had her baby yet. Where are you going?”

The man replies, “Heck lady, I’m leaving while I can…I work for 7Up!”

#8- How Do Doctors Do It?

Q: How do doctors always seem to keep their cool when lives are on the line and chaos is ensuing?

A: They have a lot of patients

Which one of our jokes hit your funny bone the hardest? Vote below, or tell us which of your favorite jokes we SHOULD have included.  If you make us laugh, we might even include it in our next group of jokes 🙂

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June 21, 2013


5 Daily Activities that Take Longer than the UV Flash

Our new product, the UV Flash Infection Control System, is kind of incredible (if we do say so ourselves). In only 60 seconds, you can give an item a complete 360° disinfection. 60 seconds? One minute? 1/60 of an hour? That’s practically nothing. Here are five things that you already do that take longer than the UV Flash:

1.    Brush your teeth

We hope…

 2.    Check your Facebook notifications

Is it morning break time? Are you in a boring afternoon meeting? It’s okay, we’re all guilty of it. But in the time it took you to comment on that weird picture of your neighbor’s cat, the UV Flash could have disinfected the smartphone you’re scrolling through your timeline on.

3.    Heat up some microwave popcorn for your favorite TV show

I like kettle corn and The Bachelorette. My sister likes lightly buttered and The Wire. Whatever your preference is for the popcorn or TV show, the time it takes to prepare that snack is at least twice as long as one cycle of the UV Flash.

4.    Figure out where you left your car keys (for the 5th day that day)

I wish this one wasn’t true.

5.    Read this blog post

That’s right, in the time it took you to read this amazing blog post (not even counting the time lost when you were distracted by the thought of popcorn) the UV Flash could have completed at least one full cycle. If only my Monday mornings were that efficient…

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June 20, 2013


Until the Water Runs Clear? Really? That’s it? 

The other day, I was reading through a Reprocessing Instructions Manual explaining how to properly clean, disinfect, and sterilize a certain kind of laparoscopic instrument.  I know, I know, you wish your life was as exciting as mine. Anyways, as I was reading, I came across this phrase under the “Flush” step of cleaning (the step in which the inside of the instrument’s flush port is rinsed with pressurized water): “Continue flushing until all water exiting the instrument is clear”. After that sentence, the “Flush” was complete, and the worker was supposed to move on to the next step. Does that worry you at all? Maybe not yet. Let me try to explain why that simple sentence made me feel sick to my stomach.

Let’s Compare: Lasagna vs. Bioburden

Have you ever had to wash the dishes after a lasagna dinner (I swear this is relevant, I’m not just craving some Italian)? If you have, then you know what a pain in the you-know-what it is. Lasagna sticks. The tomato sauce, noodles, and cheese form a gooey paste that sticks to the pan and the prongs of your fork. It sticks kind of like the way blood and bacteria sticks to surgical instruments.

If, when washing that sticky pan, I spray it until I think the water “runs clear”, I’m going to end up with leftover residue that will harden to the pan and make my future dishes taste like stale lasagna. And that’s all I could picture when I read those Reprocessing Instructions. Except, instead of lasagna residue on a pan, it’d be blood and bioburden caked onto the inside of a laparoscopic instrument. And, instead of lasagna residue mixing into my future meals, it would be bacteria mixing into someone else’s blood in future surgeries. And that’s why I felt sick to my stomach.

What’s my Point?

Obviously, there are quite a few major differences between washing a lasagna pan and cleaning surgical instruments. The lasagna image is a metaphor, not a literal comparison. So don’t panic, I’m not trying to tell you that since my lasagna pans are a pain to get clean, your SPD (Sterile Processing Department) is a mess as well.

My point is just to help you visualize what could happen if a clean vs. unclean judgment is made based on human observation. Flush the inside of the instrument or the surface of a pan until the water looks clear to me? What if my glasses are smudged, so I can’t see that clearly? What if I’m tired, so I’m not paying as close attention as I should be? Thankfully, if my lasagna pan isn’t actually clean, cheese and tomato sauce is easy to spot and scrub away. And a clean lasagna pan isn’t a life or death situation.

But SPD workers can’t see the inside of the laparoscopic instruments they are cleaning to spot blood and tissue residue. And the cleanliness of a surgical instrument IS a life or death situation. So is flushing an instrument “until the water runs clear” really the best we can come up with?

If you think there should be a better way, you’re not alone. Take a look at the surgical washers on our website, using the latest technology, automated processes, and consistent cleanliness levels rather than relying on human judgment.

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