How to wear scrubs?

Q: I’m a workwear designer and I need to know each type of clothing feature for my work, I’d like to know how to wear scrubs.

– Vassia Roditou

A: Wearing scrubs properly is crucial for maintaining a professional appearance and adhering to hygiene standards in healthcare settings. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wear scrubs:

  1. Choose the Right Size: Scrubs should fit comfortably, allowing freedom of movement without being too loose or too tight. The top should cover your torso even when you raise your arms, and the pants should sit at your waist and not drag on the floor.
  2. Undergarments: Wear appropriate undergarments. Some healthcare workers choose to wear an undershirt for additional warmth or comfort, but make sure it looks professional and adheres to your workplace’s dress code.
  3. Donning: Put on your scrubs just before entering your healthcare facility to minimize exposure to contaminants. If you’re putting on surgical scrubs, there may be a specific procedure to follow to maintain sterility.
  4. Footwear: Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes with non-slip soles. Some healthcare workers wear clogs designed specifically for medical settings. Socks or hoses should also be worn.
  5. Personal Hygiene: Keep your nails short and clean, as long nails can harbor bacteria. Avoid wearing jewelry, especially rings and bracelets, as they can interfere with hand hygiene. Keep your hair neatly tied back if it’s long.
  6. Changing Scrubs: If your scrubs become soiled during your shift, change into a clean set. Always change out of your scrubs before leaving the facility to avoid carrying pathogens into the community.
  7. Cleaning Scrubs: Launder your scrubs after each wear. Some healthcare facilities provide laundry services for scrubs, especially surgical scrubs. If you launder your scrubs at home, wash them separately from other clothing and use a hot water setting.

Remember, scrubs are part of your professional attire in a healthcare setting. They should be worn in a way that maintains your professional appearance, respects the comfort of patients, and adheres to hygiene standards. Always follow your healthcare facility’s dress code policy.

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