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How to Choose a Great Medical Watch

When it comes to choosing a great medical watch it is important to determine which features are important to you as it can have a big impact on how much use and functionality you’ll get out of your watch.
A great medical watch allows nurses to quickly keep track of the time and monitor their patients vital signs by being easy to read, readily accessible and non obtrusive.
While many different types of watches can be used for medical purposes there are a number of important features you should take into consideration when buying a watch.
To make your buying experience as smooth as possible here are some things to consider when choosing a medical watch.
The Watch Face
When choosing a medical watch decide what type of watch face you want and what elements of the watch face are most important to you.  Is it better for you to buy a watch with a 12 hour display cycle or one that tells military time?  Is a watch with a second hand an important feature or do you prefer a digital watch over a classic analog watch?  Figuring what type of watch face will work best for your particular use case can help you quickly narrow down the right watch for your needs.
Another important watch characteristic to determine is whether you’ll need a watch that has regular numbers or large numbers.
If you have perfect vision and prefer a cleaner look then you may be happy going with a watch that has regular or small numbers, however if you have difficulty reading regular text or you’d prefer a watch that has numbers you can easily see to make quick important observations than you may want to choose a watch with large face numbers.  As an important side note most nurses prefer a watch with a contrasting background that makes it easy to quickly tell and track the time.  For example watches that have a white background may go best with large black hour, minute and second hands along with black or dark readable numbers.  The background, clock hands and numbers of a watch should complement each other, but stand apart so that you can quickly identify and keep track of the time.  Lastly, determine if it is important to have a watch that has an illuminated watch face or glow in the dark feature.  If you find yourself working in areas with poor lighting it may be advantageous to choose a watch that is able to illuminate in dark areas so that you’ll be able to read the time more effectively.
The material of a watch is extremely important for maintaining a germ free environment and maximizing the longevity of the watch.  When purchasing a watch choose one that can be easily cleaned and won’t accidentally puncture or pinch the skin, which for example can happen with some metal link bands.  Many medical watches are made using plastic, resin and rubber materials, which are able to be washed fairly frequently and don’t harm or sensitize the skin like some watches with metal bands might.
If you work in an area where you’re likely to collect lots of germs then make sure you choose a watch that’s made out of a quality resin or similar material as you’ll be able to clean it easily and you’ll have a better experience removing germs than if you use a watch with fabric or leather materials.  If on the other hand you don’t need to be too concerned with germs getting attached to your watch and band than buying one with a leather or fabric band may be perfectly fine.  Also consider any allergic reactions you may have to the watch you’re interested in buying.  If you have allergies to certain material then check to see if the watch is made using hypoallergenic components that will minimize your chances of having an allergic reaction.
Lastly, look for watches that are waterproof/water resistant as you’ll likely be washing your watch on a regular basis and you don’t want a watch that’s going to be easily damaged or collect germs.
A watch with a decent level of watch protection is not only important for its longevity, it’s also safer and can save you lot’s of money in the long run.
Watch Type
When it comes to how you wear your watch you should decide whether you want to wear a wrist watch or a lapel/lanyard watch based on your needs and personal preference.  Wrist watches are great for nurses that want to quickly keep track of the time and don’t want to attach a watch to their clothing or wear one around their neck.  Wrist watches are always accessible at a quick glance, hard to lose and extremely lightweight.  With that said some nurses may feel that lapel/lanyard watches are a better fit for them.  Lapel/lanyard watches allow nurses to easily wash their hands without having to worry about taking off their off or getting it wet.  These watches are also great for nurses who find wrist watches uncomfortable or for those who have allergy sensitivities to certain materials.  As far as the cons are concerned lapel/lanyard medical watches may be a little frustrating if a nurse has to constantly reach for their watch throughout their work shift rather than being able to simply lift their wrist to keep track of the time.  Additionally lapel/lanyard watches may become irritating if not worn properly or get in the way of work, so correct placement of a lapel/lanyard watch is definitely important for nurses that prefer them over wrist watches.
Each watch type has its own benefits and disadvantages, and their is no one perfect solution for everyone.
In the end many nurses enjoy the benefits and simplicity of wearing a wrist watch, however some nurses find lapel/lanyard watches to have their own set of unique benefits that outweigh wrist watches in their particular case.
Things to consider when buying a medical watch:
As a quick review here are 6 questions you should consider when buying a medical watch.
  • Do you need a glow in the dark or illuminated watch face?
  • Are large hour, minute & second hand numbers important to you?
  • Do you need a watch with a 2nd hand or a digital face?
  • Should your watch show military time?
  • Do you need a watch that is waterproof/water resistant?
  • Do you prefer a wrist watch or a lapel/lanyard watch?

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