Trends In Medical Scrubs Fabric Technology
Medical scrubs and nursing uniforms are the day-in and day-out uniform of choice worn by medical professionals around the world. They are functional, provide protection from the dangers of the job and are proven way to promote the ultra-sanitary environment required in emergency room and operating room environments. And while medical scrubs and nursing uniforms are well established in the workplace, they are by no means at a standstill in their evolutionary process. Today, new fabric technology is in the works that will make them even more functional and sanitary on the job.
Medical technology is always on the move. And so is the medical scrubs fabric technology that serves doctors and nurses in ER and OR environments. Today, medical uniforms are starting to be constructed of special fabrics that go to the extreme in promoting a near germ-free workplace. The fabric technology, which has been under research and testing for several years now, can stay clean and free of germs for days, even without washing. This new capability is an important breakthrough, especially for ER and OR professionals who may stay on the clock and on the job for many long hours.
How do they Work?
These new fabrics are treated with new technology that attaches molecules called “halamines” to the fibers of the fabric. The halimines contain chlorine, which is a very powerful chemical for destroying bacteria. Working in this way, the molecules help to make the fabric germ-free and clean for several days. And because the core technology is integrated in the structure of the fabric, the garments need only to be washed in a chlorine-treated solution to re-energize the fibers and give the medical scrubs new germ-fighting capabilities for the next several sessions in the ER or OR.
In addition to providing breakthrough new clean capabilities to the medical garment industry, the technology is inherently safe for the health of the wearer and for the environment. Unlike chlorine gas, halamines are of no threat to the environment because they do not produce toxic chlorinated carbon atoms, making them ideal for use in medical scrubs and nursing uniforms.
This new fabric technology is important for a few reasons. Traditional medical scrubs are much more sanitary than ordinary street clothes. However, given the extreme environments in which they are worn, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. Germs attach themselves to the fabrics and are transferred from patient to patient and doctor to doctor. The surgery room is a particularly harsh environment, where the many fluids inherent to the surgical process make it extremely important to keep the environment almost completely sterile at all time. The new fabric technology available in “halamines” are a particularly welcome advance in these settings, where surgeons are constantly looking for new ways to keep patients and medical staff free from germs and potential infections.
And the new germ-fighting capabilities available in new fabric technologies will eventually find there way into areas of medical technology. The first applications will be seen in other medical garments such as patients robes, beddings, towels, wipes and other fabrics that are a day-to-day reality in medical environments. And eventually, these same germ-fighting properties will become available in every-day consumer products like wipes, diapers, sanitary pads, athletic wear and kitchen and bathroom towels.
blue sky scrubs is an industry leader in the advancement of medical scrubs style and technology. The company, which redefined possibilities when it comes to style, fit and function in medical garments, is hard at work on the next generation of medical scrubs that enhance the lives of medical professionals and patients alike. And the company fully endorses next-generation fabric technology that leads to safer and more sensible industry solutions.To view all of the leading-edge medical scrubs products available from blue sky scrubs, visit www.blueskyscrubs.com today.