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Is Your Stethoscope Naked?

Recently, I was contacted by Dr. Jennifer Namazy who came up with a very cute way to decorate your stethoscope.  Dr. Namazy started CharMED, which sells sparkly crystal cuff charms for your stethoscope.  The “about” page on her site says, “From ugly scrubs to dreary white lab coats, ask any woman in the medical field and they will agree…there are few opportunities to sparkle.”

Besides jewelry (which we are normally encouraged NOT to wear), medical professionals really don’t have many ways to jazz up their wardrobe for work.  Dr. Namazy graciously gave me a charm to review AND is giving one away to any codeblog reader that leaves a comment on this post stating what color charm they’d like to have.  More on that later!

I recently received my iridescent charm in the mail and immediately went to put it on my stethoscope.  It fits well and looks great.  It does slide up and down the tubing, but it came with a foam insert that you can also use to help it stay put.  It’s very sparkly and quite pretty.

 

 

I asked Dr. Namazy a few questions about her charms.  She says that she and the other medical professionals she works with felt limited in terms of being able to show some style and bling in the workplace.  Knowing how popular charm bracelets are with the staff (giving them the opportunity to show off their favorite colors, initials, etc) she thought it would be cool to have charms for stethoscopes!

The charms needed to be seamless, preferably without clasps that could loosen or come open.  She designed the shape of the charm herself so that it would fit snugly on the stethoscope’s pliable tubing.

Of course there is always concern about germs, especially in hospitals.  To head off any problems there, Dr. Namazy chose a metal that is naturally antibacterial for the base of the charm.  It can be easily cleaned with an alcohol pad and doing so will not damage the crystals that adorn it!

The charms have been available for about 5 months and are already popping up in hospital gift shops around San Diego.  She has plans to expand nationally soon, but the charms are available now in her online store at get-charmed.com.  You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

And as I mentioned before, there’s a giveaway for codeblog’s readers.  Just leave a comment stating which color you like best, and one commenter will be randomly chosen to receive that charm.  Good luck!  The contest ends on Wednesday, December 12th.  (12/12/12!)

 

(Update:  Contest CLOSED!  The winner is Megan, who left the 7th comment.  Thanks everyone!)

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I like the Moss.

love these charms!! Love the irradescent one :)

I really like the idea of these charms. I like the aquamarine.

Wow! That’s pretty unique and works a lot better than “blinging” up my giant nametag thingy that continuously falls off anyways :)

Even if I don’t win this give-away, it looks like I could have an affordable gift for myself and friends. I like the cherry one! :)

The purple one is adorable! I shared on facebook!

I love the monogram charm.

I absolutely adore this! Working in a hospital, you don’t have much opportunity to show your personality with accessories, so this is a fantastic idea! I really love the iridescent. It’s so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

These are pretty awesome…I Love the ICE initial one. This will have to get pinned under my “why didn’t I think of that” pin…..lol

Love your blog! I love the Aquamarine one.

Cherry and Ice.Like Pat Benatar’s Fire and Ice.

I’m partial to the purple, but also the aquamarine. I think I’ve found one of my Secret Santa gifts for my coworker :)

What a great idea! I would love a Cherry or Lemon Grass.
Best wishes!

What an AWESOME idea. I am a Breast Nurse Navigator I’m sure when my patients see the charm it will add some sparkle to their day as well as mine. Kudos to you!!!

Am I to assume you’d want the pink ribbon one, then? :)

I’d love the pink ribbon one! I’m an Oncology RN and it’d be awesome to bling up my stethoscope! Thanks for the chance@!

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  • profileI am Gina. I have been a nurse for 15 years, first in med/surg, then CVICU, inpatient dialysis, CCU and now hospice. This blog is about my experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system - patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. We all have stories!

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