How Scrubs Vary Across the Industry
Posted by Amy on 28th Nov 2016
Scrubs are a staple across workplaces where coming into contact with contaminants is part of the job. Originally worn by surgeons in the operating room, scrubs are now the uniform for patient-care personnel in a variety of job functions, from physicians and nurses to physical therapists and lab technicians. They’ve also been adopted in non-hospital settings such as veterinarian and dental clinics, home health, and other medical fields.
In general surgical scrubs are always light blue, light green, or light blue-green. A greater variety of color and styles is available for non surgical scrubs. Some work environments such as hospitals will require different departments to wear a particular color, to visually differentiate between roles. Bright patterns, such as cartoon designs, are more common in pediatricians’ offices, and most workplaces allow wearing seasonal patterns around a particular holiday. Industry-specific scrubs have distinguishing features unique to a particular field—for example, dental scrubs feature molars or the Tooth Fairy, and vet scrubs come in a variety of animal prints.
Manufacturers of scrubs have responded to consumer interest and now provide a wider selection of fashionable outfits. More options are available besides the classic V-neck silhouette, which has also been updated and is available in more flattering cuts. Each workplace will have its own dress code which restricts the colors, designs, and style you’re allowed to wear—there is a range of do’s and don’t across the industry, so you’ll have to check with your individual employer. Despite having to adhere to a dress code, though, there are now more opportunities available for you to show off your individuality in how you dress for work.