Scrubs are a common uniform for nurses and medical professionals in the healthcare setting. In fact, they offer several benefits beyond simply making it easier for patients to identify them.

They help medical providers to identify bodily fluids and contaminants, are fairly cheap to replace, are cleaner than regular clothing and allow for easily accessibility of tools since they often come with large pockets.

Cleaner than normal clothing, comfortable and durable

Scrubs are very comfortable, designed for long hours of working. They are relatively more durable as compared to other forms of clothing because they have to go through much daily.

They are made to hold up well even after multiple cleanings and are stain resistant as well. This is because they have to be resistant enough to withstand thorough washing to get rid of bacteria and contaminants.

Usually, high temperatures and specialised cleaning chemicals are used to clean the scrubs. They are harsher than normal cleaning methods for regular clothing, and scrubs are strong enough to withstand that without being ruined in the process.

Keeps HCPs safe from bacteria

Why do you think that regular working people can stick to everyday clothing without a problem, but healthcare practitioners cannot? It takes no genius to know that hospitals are fantastic breeding grounds for all sorts of bacteria and viruses.

Nurses, in particular, come into contact with many different kinds of diseases. Clothing has been found to transmit bacteria easily simply by encountering someone else.

It would be a disaster to wear infectious clothing to a hospital with tons of sick patients. Whether a person is sick or not, it is important to be sanitary as long as work requires coming into contact with others. Scrubs are cleaned very thoroughly to ensure that they are sanitary and prevent the spread of diseases.

Certain manufacturers also produce scrubs that can fight bacteria and other forms of infections to shield both healthcare professionals and patients.

Helps identify contaminants and fluids

Scrubs are fantastic for aiding in the identification of harmful contaminants and fluids. They can include stool, urine, blood, vomit and other types of chemicals or fluids. It is important to do so to minimise contamination and reduce bacteria from spreading.

Cost-friendly and inexpensive

Any healthcare practitioner who wears his/her own regular clothes to work would likely ruin them whilst trying to remove bacteria. Scrubs are an inexpensive option that prevents their own clothing from being damaged.

It is more effective and cost-friendly for healthcare professionals to wear scrubs at work rather than wear their own clothing.

Aids identification and professionalism

In a hospital, it can be messy and confusing during peak periods and rush hours. Similar to doctors’ coats, scrubs are a foolproof way for patients and colleagues to identify healthcare professionals.

Some places require different-coloured scrubs to differentiate nurses from other medical personnel such as doctors to easily identify them with a glance.

Scrubs also offer a professional appearance. Similar to a police officer or army regular, they can provide identification on the same level. They can also instill greater confidence and trust from patients and respect from coworkers.

Easy accessibility

Scrubs have lots of pocket space for putting things in. Healthcare professionals can easily slot in their tools and equipment, such as pens, pen lights, smartphones, gloves, scissors – anything that they might need.

Instead of having to scurry back and take their things one by one or stuffing their medical tools into bursting pockets, scrubs offer the luxury of space and convenience. MIMS

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http://www.nursetheory.com/why-do-nurses-wear-scrubs/
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