Scrubwear and Fashion and the Health Industry
Nowadays nearly all healthcare professionals adorn the uniform scrubs. The standard uniform of the past, which saw the healthcare pros adorn the starched dresses, caps and shoes have basically been replaced and their place taken over by these rather more easy wear uniforms.
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. These attire were as well known for the kind of restriction they placed on the designs or styles that they were to be coming with. The garments were strictly designed for the fitting of either sexes as pants and tops, final.
Later in the years, around the beginning of the ’80’s we saw the nursing scrubs came in and they gained much traction and acceptance in the healthcare industry being accepted by the hospital units, the physician’s and the dentists offices all coming to accept them. The factors of benefits that pushed them to be so advantageous and as such gain such a wide acceptance in the medical field was the fact that the scrubs actually had such an ease of wear, ease of laundering and as well were quite allowing for freedom of movement. 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. Due to the fact of the need to have catered for the diverse body styling and sizes, adjustments had to be done to the garbs and as such we saw them added with elastic waists, petite and tall lengths, and as well a wide range in the sizes of the garments so as to have them address the various body sizes in the nursing profession. As the scrubwear transformed and became a whole new fact of a fashion industry, then we saw the coming in of the low-rise and cargo pants. This as well saw the coming in of the scrub tops which added tunic styles and designs to them and as well the button front ones in design for the scrubwear.
As the years progressed, fashion was more of a factor of keen interest in uniforms as manufacturers attempted as much as possible to create fashionable uniform wardrobe items for the scrub wearers all at an affordable price.