by Ken Buben, President PPI, Inc.
Technology, it’s all around us. We take it for granted every single day. Everything from cell phones to computers, from cars that keep us safe to miracle drugs.
Think about what technology has done for us in the last 50 years. We have been able to put a man on the moon, increase the MPG of our vehicles, shrunk the size of the computer to the palm of our hands, vending machines that call the soft drink vendor when the machine is running low of soda, and the list goes on and on.
Ironically we have not fully embraced the technology to keep our health care workers safe in some of the most germ infested infectious disease laden places on the face of the earth which are our hospitals, our nursing homes, our doctors offices and stat care units. We have been putting these workers in something called “scrubs“.
Scrubs, have been traditionally worn by health care workers in all types of facilities that are full of bacteria, disease, and viruses. Also traditionally these scrubs have been made of extremely thin cotton or a polyester blend. Not exactly what a soldier or a police officer would be wearing to protect him or her selves in the heat of a battle or a police beat.
But today there is the technology in a scrub line that repels bodily fluids, including blood, urine and mucus. This product will actually repel that balsamic dressing that you had in the hospital cafeteria in order to be true to your healthy diet. At the same time this product against the flesh of the person wearing it absorbs their personal bodily fluids and does not disperse them through the garment, keeping the wearer comfortable and cool.
So in conclusion with all of the advances and technologies we have had over the past 50 years why are we still putting our health care workers at risk wearing the same old cotton scrubs and bringing home germs, infectious materials and potential illness to their families?