Soiled Scrubs Mid-Shift - page 2

by TheBlackDogWaits

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Obviously, you change, right? What are you doing with your soiled scrubs in the mean time? Are you cleaning them at the hospital? Home?... Read More


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    When it happen to me, poo in my case, I borrowed a set of scrubs from the OR. I washed mine separate as soon as I got home and ran hot water & bleach through after the scrubs.
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    If I have to change my scrubs I rinse them in a sink at work, place them in a plastic bag and wash in a washer at home.
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    I've had to change a few times and just bag the clothes and wash at home. Maybe twice through the washer if I'm feeling especially violated. Unless the hospital has decon facilities for you, if it's in your scrubs, it's likely already on you so laundromat at the hospital doesn't protect you from contamination.
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    If it was something really gross I would probably wash the scrubs outside my house with the hose and antibacterial soap or just throw the scrubs away.
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    Yikes, I think I would just throw them out. I wouldn't have the stomach to open up the plastic bag and re-smell whatever got on the scrubs in the first place!
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    I'd like to ask the following questions of some posters on this thread and the other "nurse quirks" thread ... which, interestingly, seems to center on infection control.

    1. Have you or any family member or anyone else in your household ever had messy diarrhea or vomiting? Have you never cleaned a trail of bodily fluids from a bedroom to the bathroom, ever?

    2. Have you ever had a nosebleed, or accidentally cut yourself with a kitchen knife, or incurred some other bleeding boo-boo?

    3. Do you ever kiss another individual who has not brushed teeth/gargled with an antiseptic mouthwash immediately prior? (yes, I'm seriously asking this)

    4. Do you ever suddenly get the urge to sneeze, without time to reach for a tissue? If you sneeze into your upper sleeve, do you immediately change shirts?

    100,000+ plus years of human evolution ...

    Take heart -- your immune system is stronger than you think it is!
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    I would rinse out the worst of the mess in the dirty utility room at work, put them in a plastic patient bag and wash them at home in hot water.

    I don't bring extra scrubs. If needed I would grab a pair from OR.
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    Agree with Altra. I'm pretty comfortable with my skin as a barrier and my immune system. For bad smells, I just don't breathe out of my nose until it's gone. And the only two times I've changed at work were times I was literally soaked with vomit and blood (one of each). I usually don't get that messy and a few spots here and there don't seem worth the effort to fuss over on a busy shift.
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    I carry a complete set of change of clothes, including shoes, after being vomited on badly by a child while working as a home health aide. I figure, it will happen again!
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    Quote from Altra
    I'd like to ask the following questions of some posters on this thread and the other "nurse quirks" thread ... which, interestingly, seems to center on infection control.

    1. Have you or any family member or anyone else in your household ever had messy diarrhea or vomiting? Have you never cleaned a trail of bodily fluids from a bedroom to the bathroom, ever?

    2. Have you ever had a nosebleed, or accidentally cut yourself with a kitchen knife, or incurred some other bleeding boo-boo?

    3. Do you ever kiss another individual who has not brushed teeth/gargled with an antiseptic mouthwash immediately prior? (yes, I'm seriously asking this)

    4. Do you ever suddenly get the urge to sneeze, without time to reach for a tissue? If you sneeze into your upper sleeve, do you immediately change shirts?

    100,000+ plus years of human evolution ...

    Take heart -- your immune system is stronger than you think it is!

    For me, it's not about my immune system - It's just about feeling gross! Guess I never got over "cooties"

    Hospital cooties, bleh!
    TheBlackDogWaits likes this.


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