The Importance of Medical Scrubs

Many doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals wear medical scrubs to work. This type of medical uniform has been around for a while, but their appearance has changed a lot over the years. Scrubs come in a variety of stylish designs and colors and many employees enjoy wearing them to work.

These simple garments were created for sanitary and safety purposes. They were designed to help prevent the spread of infections and to protect employees from bodily fluids and chemicals. Surgeons and other medical staff members wore scrubs in the operating room. All medical professionals (who worked in the operating room) always scrubbed in for surgery, so that is where the term scrubs comes from.

Medical scrubs are very loose fitting, consisting of two pieces (a top and bottoms) and they are usually made from cotton and polyester. Years ago, you could only purchase them in white. The white represented cleanliness in the work environment. However, many surgeons and other medical professionals did not like white, because it was difficult to keep clean. Also, the white uniforms, along with the bright lights in the operating room, caused a lot of strain on the surgeon’s eyes. So, companies began making their surgical uniforms in green and blue. Later they became available in more colors such as pink and yellow.

Scrubs are made from durable material and they are affordable too. Today, they come in many different patterns and cuts and you can buy them from name brand companies such as Crest, Grey’s Anatomy, Dickies, Cherokee, Silky Scrubs and Landau.

Some employers or hospitals will purchase several pairs of medical scrubs for each employee. Other employers will require their employees to purchase their own uniform for work. In some cases the color-coded uniforms help patients and staff members to identify workers and departments at hospitals. One reason they have become so popular is because they are professional, yet casual and comfortable, making them easy to work in for long periods of time.

Medical scrubs have come a long way since they first hit stores. Today, medical workers can select a uniform to match their personality, interests and work environment. They come in a wide variety of colors plus hundreds of printed styles. Overall, most employees seem very pleased with wearing their scrubs.