June 2, 2018
career/clothing

Working in Style: Which Scrubs are Right for Your Position in Healthcare?

Scrubs are uniforms generally accepted in medical or hospital settings and certain health care organizations. However, it is ideal to check with your employer what scrubs you are required to wear before heading to online and retail stores. Are there color and pattern preferences or restrictions? Is there a preferred uniform manufacturer and scrub style? Identify what scrubs your co-workers have because you do not want to call for unnecessary attention when you are different from everyone else in your unit.  Have a clear idea of the dress code preferences before embarking on any purchases. Here are some tips for choosing the right scrubs.

The Right Quality
The quality of the scrubs always determines its performance and durability. Pure cotton and linen scrubs are thought to be more breathable and durable than scrubs made from synthetic fabrics. However, the new synthetic stretch fabrics contain special dri-release fiber properties that help in moisture management, leaving the skin moisture-free. The stretch fabrics often feel softer to the skin and flatter the body. Check out for double stitching or seam pattern when finding the right scrubs for high usage areas.
The Right Color
Each program in the medical facility has a different color of uniform scrub to differentiate it. The required scrub color chart comprises of uniform in black which is recommended for ultrasonography practitioners, navy for radiation, medium blue for radiography, ceil blue for practicing nurses, Caribbean blue for those working with cardiovascular technology, and maroon for support staff. Most pediatricians are allowed to wear patterned or cartoon-themed scrubs.
The Right Size
Once you decide on the fabric and color, the next step to look into is measurements. Ensure to get a fit that is loose enough to allow for movement and tight enough to avoid getting in the way while working. Always purchase the top and pants separately rather than going for complete sets to cater for the size differences between the upper and lower body. Choose a half-size larger than your body size rather than buying scrubs that are too tight. When choosing your scrub top, ensure it is long enough to avoid riding up to your torso or gaping in the front thus exposing your cleavage or hairy chest when you bend over. Likewise, for the bottoms, your scrub pants should be loose enough around your waist and comfortable. Consider the hygiene and safety issue when choosing the length of your pants to prevent them from dragging on the floor. You might want to wear your frequently worn shoes when trying on your scrubs to make sure the hems of the pants touch only the top of the shoes.
The style can also be dependent on your body type. Pear-shaped women should select wide-legged pants. Monochromatic looks do best with hourglass figured women. Full figures look best in high-waists and straight bottoms. Athletic frames and larger men do well in cargo styles or flared pants. In addition, high rises flatter body types with long waists and those trying to conceal problem areas such as large midsections and short torsos.
The Right Style
Scrubs tend to look like pajamas to some people, but there are some modernly styled scrubs that are professional. Choose the best neckline styles for maximum comfort. Petites and those with athletic or rectangular body frames do well with V-necks. Bustier women should avoid deep V-neckline styles and instead choose u-shapes or mock wraps, while hairy men can layer a darker shade of a t-shirt under the top.  
As with necklines, there are several waist band styles to choose from including drawstrings, button, elastic, zipper and fold-over. The zipper waistband style is usually adjustable and the most comfortable for all body types.
On the pocket or patch issue, you first need to determine what needs to be brought around when performing tasks so as to ascertain the number of pockets required and your preferred location; either on the pants, chest or waist. Most scrubs have slots for pencils and mobile phone chest pockets which can serve as alternatives for other items. Be wary not to carry too much in the pockets as this causes pressure on the neck, hips, and shoulders. If you have a lot to carry or always need to have your medical tools around, consider choosing tops with various compartments or patch pockets and go for cargo bottoms.
When considering the sleeves type, buy scrub tops with long sleeves or choose long sleeved t-shirts under short-sized scrub tops if you are always cold at work. The set of sleeve types ends at the shoulder and is joined to the body of the garment with seams that run around the armpit. These seams may cause some itchiness and irritation in your underarm section especially if you have a sensitive skin. On the other hand, the raglan sleeve type extends completely to the collar of the garment and attached using slanted seams that run to the neck. These are less irritating and quite comfortable in the underarm compared to the set in type of sleeves.
The choice of customizing uniforms using logo embroidery typically depends on the rules of the medical facility that you report to. This serves as your identification to patients, visitors, and even colleagues. If you are expected to use emblem pins or tacks, then there’s no need to have name embroidery or vice versa.
Side Vents and Slits
Another factor to look is the presence of side vents or slits. These sections increase comfort and improve aeration. The slit is highly dependent on the length of the scrub top. For shorter scrub tops, these slits will most likely expose a part of your waist. Go for the ones lacking side slits instead. If there are back and front pockets on your scrub pants, side slits will be ideal if you’re wearing a shorter size scrub top with long centered back length.
Scrubs tend to give a cohesive, clean and professional look to any medical facility. Most health practitioners choose scrubs for their simplicity and absence of fashion-oriented details. The intricate details related to the size, color, quality, and style will play a significant role in your work setting. Pick scrubs that fit comfortably and seem to be made of durable material and complements the styles worn by your co-workers in your medical or hospital environment.

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