Scrubwear and Fashion and the Health Industry
Uniform scrubs have nowadays become more than a normal wear and can be seen worn by nearly all, if not all of the healthcare professionals. These have just come in and become a replacement to the traditional standard uniforms which saw the professionals wear the pristine and crisply starched white dresses, clinic shoes and the nurse’s caps.
The history of the scrubs starts as they came in as the garments of wear by the surgeons and the operating room, OR, staff. Scrubs became so easy for the hospital facilities to wash and have laundered at such high temperatures and thus guarantee an item of wear while in the operating room so as to assure a bacteria free garment ideal for use in the sterile conditions of the operating room and the other infection control areas. The color codes were precisely green or blue. The next element that marked the scrubwear as well was the restrictions they had as for the styles that they came with. The garments were strictly designed for the fitting of either sexes as pants and tops, final.
In the start of the years of the 80’s, the nursing scrubs came into the fore and started as well gaining acceptance across the healthcare industry, right from the hospital units, the physician’s offices and even to the dental practices. There were some fundamental benefits that actually came in and made these become such an admirable item of attire for the profession and as such drove their wide acceptance and these are factors such as the ease of wear, the ease of laundering and the freedom of movement that the garments had. The need to opt in for additional style in the scrubwear actually became more and more evident as there was an increase in the number of the healthcare professionals who saw and chose to make the scrubs as their preference for the uniforms to have for their practice. So as to be in a position to serve the needs of the increased and diverse body shapes and styles in the field, the scrub pants had on them added the elastic waists, petite and tall lengths, and as well an increased size range. As the scrubwear now transformed and became a part in the fashion industry the cargo pants came into the scene. In the scrubwear fashion industry, we even saw the scrub tops on which were added tunics and the button front options.
Steadily moving into the years, manufacturers of the scrub wear paid a deal of attention to the aspect of fashion in their design of the scrubwear and they always had it as their watchword ever working round the clock so as to ensure that they have created a wear that was trendy for the scrub wearers.