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In this edition of our newsletter, we are sharing “7 Things You Can Do With Used Med Carts” (some are a bit wacky… you have to check them out!) and a little look into the history of medicines (hint: Who really needs ALL the blood volume they have inside of them anyway? 😣😲😟).
We are so excited about our new newsletter, and we hope you enjoy it too! Remember, Phoenix LTC is always here to answer your questions and provide information on the topics you are interested in to further your organization’s goals and supreme patient care objectives!
The Phoenix family would like to wish Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all our customers, partners, and friends!
7 Things You Can Do With Used Med Carts
The inanimate things we own aren’t really passive. Our ‘stuff’ actively takes from us all the time. We hope to inspire and motivate you to clear the clutter and regain control over your space! Decluttering isn’t about what you’re giving up. Instead, it’s about what you gain when you let go of the carts, the excess, and the distractions. You will have more time, freedom, and mental and physical space to do more with that open space!
Recycle! Some of the advantages of recycling metal:
- Protect Natural Resources – Virgin metal requires natural ore to be mined and processed, which uses uplimited natural resources
- Economic Benefits – Money isn’t everything, but the recycling industry greatly benefits the economythrough job creation and local investment
- Endless Recycling – Metal can be recycled continuously without it losing strength, value, or useability
Raffles are a fun and engaging way to raise money at your charity event. They work to add excitement and anticipation to your fundraising, making it fun for participants and at the same time helping you raise more for your organization.
By tidying up space and implementing a tool organization strategy, workers can easily find and put back tools as they work through the manufacturing process. Tools can easily get misplaced or lost in a disorganized workplace, leading to managers spending money needlessly on purchasing unnecessary duplicates and replacements. Save money by being more organized!
Refurbish And Restore
- Same Cart, New Color and Or Configuration – As long as it still functions and efficiently serves its purpose, even if the cart is getting a little older, that is no reason why it can’t still last and serve your organization for years to come
- Less Expensive Than Buying New – In almost every case, refurbishing and restoring a cart will save money versus buying new
- Eco-Friendly – Buying new uses limited resources, whereas renovating and repairing gives new life to metal already mined, processed, and prepared for use
Help Organize Your Staff
- Taking the time now to get organized improves time management and actually saves time in the long run
- Staff will be able to quickly locate important items, improving their time management ultimately contributing to patient care goals
- Being organized allows everyone in your organization to devote their time and mental and physical energy to the important tasks (which, sometimes, lives depend on)
- Maintaining a professional appearance is vitally important, and your staff and facility being organized sends a message to not only patients but your entire staff too
- When organization is made a priority, it allows everyone to focus on workplace goals
Have A Virtual Garage Sale
There are so many options to sell (or even give away) old carts that cannot be refurbished or restored. With just a few photos and placing an advertisement in any of an array of options, someone can come pick up the carts and give you money… perhaps the proceeds could be used for your company picnic or holiday party funds!
Humorous Ideas We Cooked Up… But Not Really Recommended
- Convert a cart to a BBQ smoker… but, then again, the wrong plastic and paints may ruin the flavor and your health
- Have company picnic cart races, or maybe even a ‘Dollar-A-Sledge-Hammer-Swing’ for charity. Wait a minute… these are probably too dangerous
- Patio Booze Cart… after all, it is lockable! Filling the drawers full of ice and leaving it outside in the weather will certainly degrade the appearance and reduce the life span ofthe cart, so maybe this isn’t the best idea
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food to people in developing nations. Founded in 1987, it has reached out to more than 70 countries.
In addition to providing a substantial cash donation, our managers, employees, and our family members volunteered to help package food for those in need.
Making Medicines in the 1800s
In the modern world, we’re used to having convenient access to medicines (whether over the counter or prescription). Some of them come from synthesized chemicals, while others are obtained from nature. But in the past, this wasn’t the case.
In the 1800s, medicines were not as safe, formulated with empiricism, hope, and prayer. There were teas, tinctures, soups, and poultices comprised of herbal or animal extracts – a very crude method indeed. Water- or alcohol-based extracts were the norm, and whether or not they would cause a cure or catastrophic effects was up to fate, the dose, and sometimes the shape of the leaves of the plant used. Bedside manner was also looked upon as being paramount to recovery.
Bloodletting was very common. It was seen as a way to vanquish disease, but truthfully, a patient bleeding out would certainly not show a fever or elevated blood pressure. It seems obvious to us now that such a method wouldn’t cure a disease, and it doesn’t seem very comfortable. During this time, the cure was often worse than the disease – as George Washington and Abe Lincoln would tell you today if they could.
The industrial revolution, which happened in the second half of the 19th century, brought civilization many developments, including some in the medical field. Patent medicines became popular, and while not perfect, this option allowed consumers more control over their medicinal choices.
The industry has grown leaps and bounds since then. Going to our local pharmacy is similar to getting lunch or dinner from a fast food drive-thru. It’s important to recognize the origins of our current medicines.
It was great seeing everyone at the ASCP 2022 Annual Meeting in Texas!
If you did not attend the meeting this year, please call us to learn more about how our medication management solution improves the overall patient and healthcare professional medication experience!
Our medication management solutions, our staff, and our 24/7/365 urgent support team are here to make your experience extraordinary, safe, and smooth