Do crna's wear lab coats?

  1. I know this might sounds like a dumb question but I am trying to educate myself on the basics, Do crna's wear lab coats or scrubs?
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  3. by   Divergirl
    CRNAs typically wear scrubs when in the OR.
  4. by   PostOpPrincess
    Scrubs. OR Gear.
  5. by   stanman1968
    scrubs in OR, SUPPOSED to wear lab coats out of OR for infection control (really we just like to look like doctors) sarcasam.
  6. by   RedCell
    lab coats in regards to infection control outside of the or, are about as useful as putting a bouffant on my shaved head inside the or to protect the patient from my evil skull germs. i never wear one, feel uncomfortable in one, and therefore used mine as a drop cloth for painting and other household purposes after getting out of school. the only thing worse would be the damned fanny pack.
  7. by   chgoreid
    So, along the same lines, are they supposed to wear their scrubs and hats out in public? I'm not talking about around the hospital, I'm talking about out in public at the grocery store, school functions, etc. I've seen it; someone out in full garb, scrubs and hat, at a school function. Didn't seem appropriate to me.
  8. by   stanman1968
    Damn scrubs in public, how inappropriate ROFL!, Yeah I have when I had to leave work quickly to pick up my son or something like that, not sure about why this is inappropriate.
  9. by   chgoreid
    Well, I think running to pick up your son in a hurry is one thing. But wearing the full uniform, hat and all, to a school function after work is a little weird. Not to mention that some would think that its gross. I think it would be easier to just change, especially for something at the school. Just my humble opinion though.

    Let me ask this since I don't work in surgery...typically do you wear your street clothes in to work and change when you get there or do you wear surgical scrubs in to work? I guess I was under the assumption that street clothes were worn in and then you changed before you left for home usually.
  10. by   stanman1968
    I change, but I know others who do not, it-is a matter of preference more then anything else. As for "gross" I just do not see it. If you have had a baby and changes the diaper you are exposed to more "grossness" then performing an anesthetic.
  11. by   Qwiigley
    I agree with Stanman1968. We are not in much patient contact (generally). Of course you have the isolated bad intubations during a code, but if you've done lap chole s all day with 21 min turnovers, you are not getting too dirty. Some people in the beginning of their career tend to get more on them. As time goes by, you get pretty good at keeping everything away from you.
    I wear my scrubs in and out. I go directly home when possible (not to a restaurant or the grocery store) mostly because they aren't much of a fashion statement!!!
    There is a movement out there by the AORN to prevent anesthesia personnel from wearing jackets, shirts under their scrubs, custom hats and even prevent us from bringing in reading material. Since our hospital only changes policies this radically with only EVIDENCE based protocols, this will most likely not go through. (Except for total joints where laminar flow etc plays into infection rates).
  12. by   RedCell
    [quote=chgoreid;3994897]Well, I think running to pick up your son in a hurry is one thing. But wearing the full uniform, hat and all, to a school function after work is a little weird. Not to mention that some would think that its gross. I think it would be easier to just change, especially for something at the school. Just my humble opinion though.quote]

    To more succinctly answer your question/fear chgoreid.....While I do not wear my bouffant or mask out of the OR and generally I change into something that better identifies with my personality; what am I carrying around on my "scrubs" that the general public has not already been exposed to or are not already harboring themselves? If you look into some of the new studies, probably not a whole lot. As an added note, I enjoy sprinkling MRSA on my golden grahams in the morning just to get the added flavor and additional kick that caffeine fails to provide.
  13. by   chgoreid
    RedCell: I am not fearful of your scrubs, but thanks for the concern. I think I said "some" might find it gross; I didn't say I did.
  14. by   dfk
    so, nobody sees wearing scrubs (from the OR/hospital to the outside world i.e. public transportation, grocery stores, etc.) a public health risk/concern? there's more on scrubs after a day's work than changing a diaper, etc.. you all are misinformed and delusional to believe otherwise. if i was on the public health police force, i'd give any and everyone a summons for wearing scrubs when leaving the hospital. no reason for it. period.

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