Why do nurses 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 why nurses wear scrubs.

– Vassia Roditou

A: Nurses wear scrubs for several reasons related to hygiene, functionality, and identification. Here are the main reasons:

  1. Hygiene and Infection Control: Scrubs are designed to be easy to clean and made from materials that can withstand high-temperature washing. This helps to reduce the risk of carrying and transmitting infections, which is crucial in a healthcare setting.
  2. Comfort and Functionality: Nurses often work long shifts, frequently 12 hours or more, and need to be physically active throughout their shifts. Scrubs are typically lightweight, comfortable, and allow for a good range of movement. Many scrubs also have multiple pockets, which are useful for carrying essential items like pens, scissors, and medical devices.
  3. Easy Identification: Scrubs help identify healthcare workers easily. Some hospitals or departments even use color-coded scrubs to help distinguish between different job roles or departments.
  4. Professionalism: Wearing scrubs contributes to a professional and standardized appearance among all healthcare workers.
  5. Damage Control: In healthcare settings, there’s a high chance of clothes getting stained or damaged due to spills, bodily fluids, or medical procedures. Wearing scrubs, which are relatively inexpensive and replaceable, can prevent damage to personal clothing.
  6. Quick Changes: In emergency situations, healthcare workers may need to change their clothes quickly. Scrubs are designed to be easy to change in and out of.

It’s important to note that scrubs should be worn by the healthcare institution’s policies, which may vary based on the specific role, department, or type of healthcare setting.

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