How TV has helped the field of Medical Scrubs
Over the years, there has been an increase in medical dramas hitting our television screens. Each are different in their own right, but share one similarity- they have all helped to shape the world of medical scrubs beyond recognition. Medical scrubs were once a little thought of uniform, typically in the form of a unisex style and sizing. These were seen as unflattering, unprofessional in appearance, and uncomfortable. However, thanks to the introduction of new medical dramas which portray the medical field in a more glamorous light, there has been a real explosion of interest in improving scrubs and the general way in which the medical profession is perceived by the public.
Scrubs first started to change when medical comedy “Scrubs” hit our television screens back in 2001. Viewers witnessed each department donning scrubs, but each wearing a different color in order to signify their different fields. This way of distinguishing staff was not widely used during this time, but was suddenly being televised throughout the world. Hospital administrators began to recognize the potential that this form of organization would have on their hospitals, and began to incorporate a wider range of colors to split the departments.
However, a wider range of colors was not always feasible and not all online catalogs would stock a good range, offering only limited colors such as blue, red and green. However, as medical dramas began to rise in popularity, we began to see a different range of colors receiving air time. Purples, pinks and yellows suddenly began to surface, which immediately kick started scrub manufacturers to the drawing board. They were trying to replicate the new scrubs which were being viewed. It was due to the popularity of these shows that the popularity of scrubs raised, helping manufacturers realize the need to cater to it. With this began the change of scrubs ranging from a wider variety of colors, as well as sizes in order to suit all shapes and both genders.
Unisex scrubs are now a thing of the past. After seeing characters such as Elliot on “Scrubs” and Dr. Montgomery on “Private Practice”, women everywhere wanted scrubs that fitted their shape better. Scrubs were originally made to fit the male shape, but this shape was often very unflattering and baggy on women, leaving them feeling unattractive, uncomfortable, and unprofessional at work. Thanks to this new shape appearing more frequently, and to the rise in female medical staff, manufacturers began to cater to the female and male shapes as separate entities. They provided women the shape that they craved, leaving them feeling comfortable and professional at work.
The quality of scrubs has also changed dramatically over the years. Now companies are beginning to incorporate unique technology in order to ensure that medical personnel can remain professional throughout the day. The medical shows of today see the medical staff battling epic patient issues. Yet the staff still maintains a look of cool competency throughout all their hard work. These shows inspired companies to introduce technology once restricted to athletes. New fabrics and fiber technology allows scrubs to wick moisture away from the skin, keeping workers dry throughout the busy working day. This is a fantastic new benefit to scrubs, as the whole medical scrubs field has changed for the better.
Many of these changes have been due to the introduction of television shows depicting professionals in a completely different light. Media has often helped to craft the way in which we perceive different industries, and the medical field is no different. In fact, without many of the medical dramas we as society are exposed to, it is possible that medical scrubs may have remained as they traditionally were. Nowadays, medical scrubs are a privilege to be worn by every member of the health care profession. They allow workers to come across as professional, not to mention helping them feel proud about their work and appearance. It is quite possible that without the media, this could be something that may not have been possible.