By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Nursing Scrubs: The Truth
According to Wikipedia Scrubs are the shirts and trousers or gowns worn by nurses, surgeons, and other operating room personnel when “scrubbing in” for surgery. In the United Kingdom, they are sometimes known as Theatre Blues. They are designed to be simple with minimal places for dirt to hide, easy to launder, and cheap to replace if damaged or stained irreparably. The wearing of scrubs has been extended outside of surgery in many hospitals. Originally issued as replacement clothing if street clothing was contaminated, scrubs are now worn by any hospital personnel in any clean environment. The spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has increased the use of scrubs but can give wearers a false sense of security that they are ‘clean’ when in fact are as easily contaminated as any other clothing.
Ironically the new world dictionary also defines scrub as a way to “clean or wash by rubbing or brushing hard.” The truth is that traditional scrubs are probably the most infectious articles of clothing in the world today.
As a healthcare provider that wears scrubs you are subjected to many potential viruses and diseases every day. These can be passed on to patients, co-workers and your family. Even if you launder your scrubs immediately when you get home these pathogens can remain in the clothing and also spread to other clothing in the wash. It has been well documented that the washing machine is the most germ infested appliance in the home and it is recommended that these washers be sanitized with bleach or other germ killing products frequently.
Even if your employer provides you with scrubs and uses an outside laundering service do you really think that laundering service is utilizing top of the line germ killing products in those huge washing machines? No, they are using the cheapest products that they can purchase in order to keep the bid.
Ladies and gentleman there are high technology scrubs and lab coats now available that repel all bodily fluids and are also treated with a quaternary chloride that kills germs in a very short period of time; as opposed to a regular scrub – where germs and viruses may be active for 24 hours or more.
Each year, the spread of pathogens inside hospitals costs the facilities $30 billion and causes an estimated 1.7 million infections and nearly 100,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Don’t let your hospital, clinic, office or staff become a statistic today. Order your new fluid repelling scrubs today.