10 Tips to Prevent the Spread of Flu and Coronavirus at Work

Posted by Robin Bond on Feb 17, 2020 6:28:21 AM

Command centers, PSAP and healthcare industries are particularly vulnerable

Each flu season, we share tips with our customers on how to keep their workstations clean. Shared workspaces—common in settings like control and command centers, dispatch and healthcare—are especially vulnerable; with frequent shift changes, operators are likely to be occupying the same workstations as their colleagues. While Coronavirus and the flu—both making headlines as the number of cases rise—are not the same virus, the preventive measures are largely the same.

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Topics: Health, Command Center Console Furniture, PACS Radiology Workstation Furniture, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Human Interest, Germs, Operation Centers, Cleaning, Command & Control

Things to Eat, See and Do While in Chicago for RSNA 2019

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on Nov 25, 2019 11:23:52 AM

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Although it’s been nearly 10 years since I graduated college in Chicago, it will forever be one of my favorite cities! Because of my love for the Windy City, I wanted to follow up to Xybix's post from last year: RSNA 2018 - What You Need to Know, See and Do While in Chicago

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Topics: Human Interest, RSNA

HAPPY Birthday Xybix! 28 Years Later...

Posted by Ken Carson on Jun 27, 2019 4:44:14 PM

 

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Topics: Human Interest

Stress and Burnout for 911 Dispatch: Tips to Stay Healthy

Posted by Susanne Lottie on Jun 5, 2019 10:40:17 AM

There is no doubt that the duties of beingOffice burnout
a 911 dispatcher in the United States are demanding and intense. There are over 240 million calls made to 911 each year, and each one of those callers needs the person on the other end of the line to be calm, collected, and efficient.

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Topics: Health, QUICK TIPS, Human Interest, Morale, Stress

3 Ways You Can Beat The Mid-Day Wall

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on Apr 12, 2019 11:17:00 AM

Regardless if you work a traditional 9-5 or a 12 hourHitting the MidDay Wall night shift, its likely you know what hitting the midday wall feels like! Your day probably starts off with a cup of coffee or energy drink, then you're  feeling pretty good, and ready to conquer the day. Next, is lunch, hopefully giving you a chance to step away or maybe you're forced to eat at your desk and as the day wears on, it happens… the wall! That drowsy feeling you get every afternoon with several hours left on the clock.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Morale, Stress, Command & Control

No, not a 911 Emergency! HELP I Have a Pie Emergency!

Posted by Susanne Lottie on Nov 19, 2018 3:17:07 PM

PiePicture this, it's two days before the Holidays and your Mother-in-law, relative, someone you want to impress, calls to say you are on "Pie Duty" (and no store bought pie will do)! WHAT? You’ve NEVER baked anything in your life, let alone a holiday PIE! For the entire family! And of course, the Great American Bake Show doesn't have an apple pie episode you can YouTube. This is an emergency! What do you do?

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Topics: Human Interest, Recipes

RSNA 2018 - What You Need to Know, See and Do While in Chicago

Posted by Gail Gerlesits on Oct 17, 2018 2:37:36 PM

WinterInChicagoRSNAXybixWhat were they thinking having the RSNA show in late November, on Thanksgiving weekend, and in Chicago? It might seem a bit strange, but the event organizers do this every year!

While the weather was beautiful last year, other years have been extremely cold and snowy. I know firsthand all about Chicago’s brisk weather because I was born and raised here, and I just moved back. Let's just say, you never know what you are going to get. It was so cold one year that the frigid weather created a sculpture of ice right off of the lake. Another year it was so windy and cold that the toll booth guy tore off the gate after it wasn’t working properly.

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Topics: Human Interest, Imaging Desks, Standing Desks, RSNA, Healthcare Command Center, Healthcare, Radiology

Prevent Pain & Injury: Hip Flexor Exercises for 911 Dispatch

Posted by Heather Brown on Sep 21, 2018 10:43:20 AM

StretchingOuch! My hip hurts, my back hurts, my hip and back - OUCH! What is wrong? What have I done to myself now? Have you ever said this to yourself? I know I have on a daily basis and I am sick of it!

It all started with pain in my neck and shoulder area and I attributed it, like most people, to to stress. I carry everything in my shoulders. Fast forward a few months, now, my hips and lower back ache. What can I blame that on? I know exactly where to point the finger... at myself. I mean, I am physically active, but my activities are not done with proper preparation. Where am I going with this you ask? Let’s talk about hip your flexors!

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Standing Desks, Morale, Stress

911 Dispatch Public Safety Partners Making Waves in the Industry

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Jul 16, 2018 10:43:16 AM

giphyI must start off by saying that I am extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing community within the public safety industry. I was inspired to write this blog by those I feel who are making a difference within the 911 community. Specifically, those who are closest to me are my friends behind Operation 10-8, 911 Training Institute, Within the Trenches, and Kim Turner, LLC.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Morale, Stress

Improve Morale In Your 911 Comm Center: Employee Recognition Ideas

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Apr 3, 2018 3:17:00 PM

911 Dispatch MoraleI’m just going to say it, employee morale and company culture have a huge effect on the workplace. Absenteeism, lost productivity and poor health have all been directly attributed to morale in a workplace. So in a 24/7 industry like 911 dispatch, how can you improve morale and company culture, while adhering to policies and guidelines.

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Topics: Health, Human Interest, Morale