home laundered surgical attire

  1. Does anyone have a good resource for or against home laundered scrubs in the ambulatory surgery suite?
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  3. by   tntrn
    Great question. In our L & D unit, the scrubs provided by the hospital cause irritations like crazy to several of the staff members. A fair number of us now wear our own scrubs, either purchased or made at home, and no more problems. Even washing the hospital-provided scrubs at home offers no relief. It is my belief that the kind of thread used in the provided scrubs are the source of the irritations since the fiery reddened areas on staff members would occur more frequently along seam lines (under the arms, inner thighs, etc.)
  4. by   lifeisbeautiful
    Quote from tntrn
    Great question. In our L & D unit, the scrubs provided by the hospital cause irritations like crazy to several of the staff members. A fair number of us now wear our own scrubs, either purchased or made at home, and no more problems. Even washing the hospital-provided scrubs at home offers no relief. It is my belief that the kind of thread used in the provided scrubs are the source of the irritations since the fiery reddened areas on staff members would occur more frequently along seam lines (under the arms, inner thighs, etc.)
    I work in the PACU and we are supplied scrubs. We are told not to take them home and wash them (then then wear them back at work) because we would be bringing in contaminated scrubs. I have a 2 problems with this:
    1. I can never find scrubs my size. The pickin's are slim...I have to squeeze into xs pants and wear a XXL top and then they are out of jackets!

    2. Patients in the PACU are allowed visitors. These visitors are coming back to the PACU in their street clothes, coughing, hacking and bringing in god-only-knows what germs!!!

    So, I have my scrubs, in my size and I wash them myself!

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