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Choosing Medical Scrubs

If you work in any sort of medical profession there is a good chance you will be asked to wear scrubs during your working day. Scrubs are instantly recognisable as the coloured outfits that are worn to protect doctors, nurses, vets, dentists etc. from germs and possible infections during medical procedures.

If you’re lucky enough, the healthcare setting and role in which you work may allow you to choose your own medical scrubs for the job. This means you get to choose an outfit that you like the look of and in which you feel comfortable working. The problem is, choosing scrubs may not be an easy task. Not only do you have to get the size and colour of the scrubs right, you have to choose garments that are suited to your role.

Given the amount of time you will spend wearing scrubs, you need to make sure you pick the right ones. Here are www.scrubsuk.com, we aim to help you do just that.

Types of medical scrubs

‘Scrubs’ is a broad term that covers a lot of different medical garments. Scrubs can be tops, trousers, dresses, tunics, lab coats, and pretty much anything else that is specifically used by medical personnel. Typically there a is far greater choice of scrubs for women than there are for men.

Scrubs also happen to come in a wide range of colours. Depending on where you work, colour may be a key factor.

Choosing the right colour

In an ideal world, you would be able to pick a pair of scrubs in your favourite colour, and walk around like the coolest medical practitioner in town! However, in some healthcare settings, the colour of scrubs is very important. For example, some hospitals may colour code the uniform in line with particular job roles so that staff can be identified quickly. This could see registered general nurses wearing royal blue, respiratory therapists wearing black and medical students wearing white. This may seem like a mundane rule to enforce, but something as simple as colour-coded scrubs could save a person’s life.

The first thing you should do before setting out to choose your scrubs is consult with your employer to find out if there are any colour-coded uniform rules in place.

If you were free to choose any colour, think about whether white would be suitable for your role. While white looks professional, it is also a magnet for dirt and can be hard to clean. Also think about your patients; what type of people do you work with? Certain colours can affect the mood of patients. For example, if you are working with kids, you might want to choose a bright uniform with a cartoon character design.

What style suits you?

While scrubs might not be appearing on the catwalks of Milan or Paris anytime soon, there is still
plenty of choice available when it comes to design. There are scrub shirts with and without chest
pockets, scrub trousers with drawstring or buttons, maternity scrubs for pregnant women
– the list goes on.

What you'll need to do is find a particular type of outfit that fits right and feels comfortable.
Sizes will vary (sometimes drastically) depending on the brand of scrubs you choose, so
make sure you take the time to get measured up across the chest, at the waist and at the
inside leg.

In terms of trousers, both men and women will have the option of scrubs with elasticated
waist or drawstring waist. Men will also have a button fastening option. If you are someone
that goes up and down in weight, drawstring could be the best option.

In standard shirts, there are options with or without pockets. Pockets are a consideration
in both tops and trousers: do you need them, and if so how many? Most medical
professionals will carry a pen for taking notes and many will carry phones. Pockets will
provide easy access to both of these things.

The next thing you will need to decide upon is neckline; a decision required more for
women than men, and scrub shirts and tunics come in round, scoop, split, v-neck, and
mock wrap neck designs. For men, the choice between round or v-neck design is purely
down to personal preference. Women, however, will need to consider comfort and cleavage.

Material

Do not forget about the material of your scrubs! The vast majority of medical scrubs are made using a polyester and cotton blend – generally 65 per cent polyester and 35 per cent cotton. This material tends to be more affordable and offers fuss-free maintenance. However, while a little more expensive you may find 100% cotton scrubs much more comfortable.

Increasing in popularity in recent years due to the rise in MRSA infections are antimicrobial scrubs. These scrubs actively fight bacteria and fungi so reducing the risk of cross infection.

Finally, many newer scrubs use blends that include spandex and rayon – both of which offer stretch, strength, and durability when blending with cotton and polyester.

Medical scrubs come in all manner of colours, designs, and sizes. Finding a uniform that is right for you might be tough, but once you have it, your working life will benefit greatly.