According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, the average Canadian adult suffers 2 to 5 colds per year—with colds being one of the leading causes of missed days at work. The Government of Canada website states 65,000 cases of influenza were reported across the country during the 2017-2018 flu season. This season is upon us again. Help keep patients and staff healthy with the assistance of health promotional items—and a few important wellness reminders.
It all starts with clean hands—and a clean environment
Keeping colds and flu away is important to your healthcare facility. The Government of Canada states that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the flu is through clean hands and by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in the home, office and school. The Credit Card Spray Sanitizer and the Hand Sanitizer Spray are perfectly sized for a pocket, bag or purse, ensuring clean hands on the go. To help keep screens free of germs, try the antibacterial SmartKlear Screen Cleaner – Smartphone.
Offer less stress for more rest
Stress suppresses the immune system, making patients more susceptible to cold and flu. Lavender has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety, making the Zen Essential Oil Roller Bottle – Lavender an excellent wellness promotional item to help patients relax. For a travel-sized version, check out the Zen Essential Oil Mini Bottle – Lavender. A Plush Hot/Cold Eye Mask can help your patients relax—use it hot or cold to help ward off headaches, migraines and fevers. Colouring is also a big stress reliever, so give them a brain break with a Stress Relieving Adult Colouring Book & Pencils – Oceans.
Encourage patients to get a flu shot
Studies show that flu shots are anywhere from 40 to 60 percent effective. Even if someone gets the flu, it will probably be less severe if they’ve had the shot. Offer health promotional items, like the Syringe Pen or the Syringe Highlighter, to remind patients to get their flu vaccine.
Help them get better quickly
Regardless of precautions taken, some your patients (and your staff) are going to get sick. Offering them health promotional items that help them feel better—and get better—will be appreciated. The Head & Sinus Thermal Wrap can be used as a cold compress or a heating pad—whichever makes them feel better. The Small Tissue Packet offers a travel-sized way to handle sneezes, and the Tablet Pill Case gives patients a convenient way to organize medications to reduce fever and body aches. Imprint these items with a reminder to call you if their symptoms get more serious.
Recommend lots of liquids
Staying hydrated is critical to recovering from the flu. A budget water bottle, like the Value Sport Bottle with Push Pull Lid, is an excellent way to remind patients and staff to stay hydrated. For those who prefer sipping a warm beverage when under the weather, the T-Bag Silicone Reusable Tea Bag and Value White Coffee Mug are excellent wellness promotional items that help fight dehydration and soothe sore throats. The Presto Coffee Press Tumbler is another calming choice, allowing patients or staff to brew their own tea while on the go. They can even add a little moisture to the air with a Personal Humidifier.
Helping your patients—inside and outside the office
By offering patients and staff health promotional items you can help them keep germs at bay, making for a healthier and happier workplace.