ELYRIA, Ohio—Since before I was born, my mother, Dana Karpus, has worked in the medical community. She started as a nurse 35 years ago and currently works as a nurse manager at University Hospitals Elyria Medical center on the 10th floor in Elyria: 10 Smythe.
As I grew up, mom spoke in medical industry abbreviations we never understood at the dinner table. When I was about 13, I participated in “Bring your child to work day,” which happened to land on a busy day, so I spent the whole time watching a heart rate monitor. I vowed I never would return.
Little did I know that 15 years later, as a reporter for Rubber & Plastics News, I would be fascinated by the medical technological advancements involving rubber, plastics and silicones.
My first foray into the medical market was at MD&M West in February, and since then I have had a lot more work-related topics to discuss with my mother. In the spirit of “Bring your child to work day”—which is Thursday, April 23 this year—I shadowed my mom for a day and saw a lot more than the heart monitors this time (even though I did see those too).
While I learned things that could be useful across any industry, I got to see how important the rubber and plastics industries are to the medical community. My mom introduced me to various co-workers, and I got to see how rubber and plastics are used on the floor, in the emergency room, operating room, central services and wound care.
Here is what I learned: