VISCOPASTE* PB7 Zinc Paste Bandage

VISCOPASTE* PB7 Zinc Paste Bandage

Zinc oxide paste bandage. Viscopaste PB7 treats venous leg ulcers & stasis eczema. Soothes dry skin. Light fabric. Here are a few ‘work phrases’ you and your team should consider retiring if you want to save yourselves some uncessary grief and remain popular. In-person showings are back with coronavirus protocols, but potential buyers or renters may continue to prefer virtual tours. Protection Status

VISCOPASTE* PB7 is a zinc oxide paste bandage for the management of venous leg ulcers and stasis eczema. Soothes dry skin without calamine. Light open-weave fabric. Simple to apply, easy to remove.

VISCOPASTE* PB7 Zinc Paste Bandage is indicated for the management of leg ulcers and chronic eczema/dermatitis where occlusion is indicated.

For Topical Use Only.

Where venous insufficiency exists, VISCOPASTE* PB7 may be used under graduated, sustained compression bandaging, after first assessing the patient to exclude arterial disease. The use of Doppler ultrasound is recommended for this purpose.

Failure to detect reduced arterial flow can result in pressure necrosis, amputation or even death. The risk of a patient having arterial as well as venous disease rises with age.

One of the functions of occlusive bandages is to increase absorption. Care should be taken, therefore, if it is decided to apply topical steroid, anaesthetic or retinoid preparations under the bandage, as their absorption may be significantly increased. This may lead to a shorter duration of effect of a topical anaesthetic product.

The skin of leg ulcer patients is easily sensitized to topical medicaments – including preservatives. Sensitization should be suspected in patients, particularly where there is deterioration of the surrounding skin. Such patients should be referred for specialist diagnosis, including patch testing.

There are two ways that the bandage can be applied:


6 work phrases you need to drop if you want your team to like you

6 work phrases you need to drop if you want your team to like you

Saying the wrong thing — or using the wrong turn of phrase — at work can upset and alienate colleagues. 

So if you want to save yourself and others some unnecessary grief, here are a few ‘work phrases’ you and your team should consider retiring.

Old habits die hard. Even though it’s easy to become complacent and set in your ways, it’s important to remain open-minded to others’ suggestions. 

[Read: Here’s how to make your virtual meetings more efficient]

If a new team member, or a newly promoted employee, floats the idea of changing things up, be open to it. 

Avoid saying things like “We’ve always done it this way,” or “That’s not how we do things.”

Instead, listen to what that person has to say and ask about the advantages of changing to a new method, that way at least you’ll seem collaborative and cooperative.

And if you really want to stick to your guns, then at least take the time to explain why change hasn’t been implemented or worked in the past. Who knows, maybe some of the old roadblocks might no longer be there.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard this and winced. Nothing, not even the most menial task, takes one minute, so don’t say it does. 

I realize this may just be a turn of phrase, but when you ask a colleague to do something because “it’ll only take one minute” it immediately undermines that individual’s job and any other tasks they may be working on.

If you feel the need to say this, stop yourself, and think about how you can be respectful of others’ time.

You could, for example, try saying something like: “Let me know if you have some time to chat as I want to discuss X.” 

We’ve all been there: someone asks someone else to do something and they pull out the “it’s not my job” card.

Don’t be one of these people, it’s petty, and it’ll get you nowhere. As soon as someone hears this they immediately think you’re not a team player, and while getting away with not doing something may seem like a short-term victory, it will hurt you in the long run. After all, who wants a reputation as an uncooperative employee?

If someone asks you to do something which you feel isn’t within your remit, acknowledge this in a positive way by saying that you’ve not done it before but that you can take care of it.

Embrace the opportunity to show how versatile and adaptable you are and I guarantee you’ll reap the benefits some time down the line. 

If you don’t want to do the task you’ve been asked to take on, own up to it, and provide the reasons why. However, it’s important to watch your tone as you don’t want to appear negative.

There’s of course nothing inherently wrong with trying, but this can often sound a little negative, as if you’ve been handed an unachievable task but you’re going to take it on regardless. 

If you’re on deadline — or simply don’t have the time to take on extra work — be transparent and open about it. It’s important that your team knows if you’re snowed under.

Don’t set yourself up for failure because only you will pay the consequences.

Be proactive and let others know well in advance that you may need help to meet the deadline. Keep positive but speak up if you running the project isn’t feasible — people will thank you for the advanced notice.

Avoid using empty, meaningless phrases such as “Let’s touch base.” Why? Because it’s overused and it actually doesn’t actually mean anything. 

My problem with this phrase stems from the fact that it’s vague and it can hold many projects hostage.

Instead, I would urge you to be specific in your communication with colleagues and team members.

Give them a proposed time frame, outline what you want to discuss, and provide an overview of what they can expect. 

I couldn’t write this piece without mentioning “Let’s circle back,” another empty way to end a conversation that’s paved the way for countless memes and online jokes. 

When you use this phrase, you’re essentially telling others that you’re afraid of committing to course of action — it’s the workplace equivalent to burying your head just like an ostrich. 

A funny thing about quarantining is hearing your partner in full work mode for the first time. Like, I’m married to a “let’s circle back” guy — who knew?

— Laura Norkin (@inLaurasWords) March 19, 2020

Instead, make sure you specify the next course of action and assign tasks and responsibilities among team members so that everyone is clear about what’s expected of them.

Set a realistic timeline, schedule a catch up meeting, and outline what needs to be done by then.

These quick tips should help you seem less annoying, make inroads with colleagues, and keep stock of ongoing projects. Now, though, you’re on your own!

Do you have any tips on workplace communication? Then share your insights with the Growth Quarters community.


Author: Yessi Bello Perez

Real Estate Agents Return to Work as City Reopens

Real Estate Agents Return to Work as City Reopens

In-person showings are back with coronavirus protocols, but potential buyers or renters may continue to prefer virtual tours.

As New York City entered Phase 2 of reopening this week, thousands of real estate agents across the city returned to work, but the business of listing and showing properties has taken on a series of pandemic protocols designed to keep brokers and their clients safe.

Many agents had already adopted some of these practices in mid-March, when the coronavirus arrived in New York and much of the real estate industry went on pause. There will be no open houses where potential buyers or renters can just drop in unannounced, and in scheduled showings, brokers will clean before and after each visitor, as well as discourage clients from touching any surfaces and provide access to hand sanitizers. Virtual tours have become the norm and will likely continue.

As of Monday, real estate brokerages have been deemed essential businesses and like the other industries reopening during Phase 2, the state has recommended a series of best practices.

The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has issued its own set of guidelines to its members to ensure the safety of employees and clients in the field. In addition to the usual forms that a broker might ask a potential buyer or seller to sign, many agents may also ask a client to sign a coronavirus liability form and fill out a health screening questionnaire. The real estate board also urges members to conduct in-person showings only in vacant or unoccupied properties — in other words, only when the seller isn’t home.


Before Monday, Jason Haber, an associate broker at Warburg Realty, hadn’t been in an apartment other than his own since March 10. For three months, he declined new showing opportunities — even virtual ones — and instead focused on checking in with his existing clientele, going so far as to help some of them organize various Covid-19 relief projects. He did, however, close contracts for spaces that had already been seen by clients pre-pandemic.

Like many agents, Mr. Haber isn’t worried about returning to work. He’s itching to begin showing properties again and is currently sitting on 12 residential listings, a mix of rentals and sales, all of which are coming online in the next few weeks. He said that he had never had so many on the market at once.


In addition to stocking up on hand sanitizer, Mr. Haber recently bought a UVC wand to disinfect the spaces he will be showing. “Getting people to change their behavior will be the hardest thing to do,” he said. “It’s human nature to want to touch things.”

Brokers agreed that the focus on client comfort and safety is more important than ever, but during Phase 2 and possibly beyond it, the consideration of everyone involved in a single listing may be a little tricky to handle. For in-person showings, agents will not only have to communicate with the buyer and seller, but also building managers or co-op and condo boards, as many buildings will have their own rules and coronavirus protocols.

For the foreseeable future, virtual walk-throughs will probably remain a popular option. As the only way to do business during the pandemic, many agencies touted them as the wave of the future. Candace Adams, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York, New England and Westchester Properties, said in-person showings will eventually become the second and third step, not the first. “Everyone’s time is so valuable today,” she said. “Virtual tours will be a forever thing for us going forward.”

Sotheby’s International Realty has featured 3-D tours and virtual reality experiences on its website since 2016. Cathy Taub, a top Sotheby’s broker in Manhattan, said she has been getting more questions about virtual tours than ever before. “Real estate has always been eye candy,” she said, “but during this time when we’ve all been sheltering at home, people have been browsing nonstop.”

Even developers realize the benefit of boosting their online presence. Before leasing began, Sam Charney, of Charney Companies, and Nicholas Silvers, of Tavros Holdings, had already begun working with Listing 3-D, a start-up used by Corcoran, Douglas Elliman and Compass, among other agencies, to develop an online marketing tool for The Dime, a rental building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Plans to welcome potential clients on April 1 were pushed back to May 18 because of the coronavirus, but both men now see the timing as fortuitous.

“I think our eyes were opened a little bit to what the market looks like due to Covid,” said Mr. Charney. “For a rental, we wouldn’t have thought to do virtual tours because we were originally trying to attract locals, but recently we’ve seen a lot of interest from people out-of-state and other countries.”

The Dime this week opened its on-site leasing office, allowing prospective renters to schedule socially distanced tours. Those who first previewed the building online can now walk through to feel out what Mr. Silvers described as an easy-to-use and touchless experience: doors are outfitted with keyless entry technology; tenants have access to a smart package room and a hands-free storage option, as well as a video intercom viewed through their smartphones.


Practicing safety during in-person showings is crucial for engaging with clientele, but the same goes for returning to work in real estate offices across the city.

Corcoran, for example, bought a robot — and trained a receptionist — to test the temperature of employees in its Bridgehampton office when Long Island entered Phase 2 on June 9. Pamela Liebman, chief executive of the company, said they may use the robot in Corcoran’s Manhattan and Brooklyn offices in the future. For now, the company is providing PPE and also tracking how many people enter the office. To limit the number of people in the office, staff key cards were deactivated and agents must sign into an app before heading into work.

Bess Freedman, the chief executive of Brown Harris Stevens, said the key to reopening was “harm minimization.” Ms. Freedman, a survivor of the coronavirus, said her agency was mourning the recent passing of one of its top agents due to Covid-19, Sal Capozucca, but she also spoke of the near future of real estate with optimism. Like many agency heads, she believes all the pent-up demand from the weekslong pause will make for a strong market in the late summer and fall.

“Obviously we can’t expect this year to be anything like it would have been without the pandemic, but given all that’s happening in our world, it could pan out to be OK,” she said. “And I’m OK with an OK year.”


Author: Sydney Franklin

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