Soiled Scrubs Mid-Shift - page 3

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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    Quote from StudentEtc.
    Yikes! I was hoping someone would say they have washing facilities at the hospital! I know that probaby sounds ridiculous, but at the risk of having foreign hazmat in your own personal washer? Yuk, yuk, yuk. I thought maybe there might be a more sterile process than just taking it home and crossing your fingers... Thanks for the replies.
    Yes there is....it is called hot water and bleach. I have been a nurse for 34 years. I never wore my shoes inside the house. I washed my uniforms separately.....in really HOT water. If they were really soiled...really covered in blood......I would just throw them away and not even bring them home. I would then run my washer full cycle extra hot with bleach (kills everything) then another full cycle hot and bleach with extra rinse cycle to cleanse the bleach.

    I haven't brought anything home yet.
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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!
    1) Family I'm good with...like my kids.

    2) The blood of my family ...not a big deal.

    3) I refuse to kiss and tell!

    4) I sneeze into my sleeve all the time.....
    so I'd caution you about germs before giving you the shirt off my back....

    But my shoes and uniforms we a huge issue for me to keep away from my kids.

    I also NEVER put them in a shopping cart EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were in their double stroller for a LONG time....my husband used to tease me about having it surgically removed. I carried a toilet eat in a separate diaper bag and I Lysol-ed all public tables until they used utensils to eat and then for a few years....I carried their own utensils and sippy cups.

    Thank goodness they are healthy, have amazing immune systems and show no damage from my OCD protecting my kids.......I was even known to wipe of amusement park rides......THey are teenagers now and I've recovered......NOW they are learning to drive ....anyone know how to child proof a car????
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    I'm a GN so I haven't worked shifts in the hospital yet outside my clinicals, but I'm one of those people who needs to be prepared, and I did get "slimed" a couple of times in clinicals.

    I always had a change of scrubs in the car and always have plastic bags as well. I'm a bit of a germaphobe, but I never thought anything about bringing home soiled clothes properly bagged for cleaning.

    For various reasons I ended up buying a new washer and dryer right before my clinicals started, and I picked a set that has a steam/sanitize cycle for both the washer and the dryer. If bleach and hot water and detergent and steam won't kill whatever's on my scrubs, it's going to be a superbug that's going to kill me anyway. I don't think I'd replace a working washer and dryer just because I was going to be working as a nurse, but it was a consideration as to which to get when I did need a new one.

    Once I get a hospital job (keep your fingers crossed for me please) I plan to have a duffel of "emergency supplies" in my locker if we have them and in my car if we don't - and it will have at least one spare set of scrubs as well as toiletries and other necessities if I get caught at the hospital in bad weather or such.
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    I've never really gotten my scrubs "soiled" but once I did get soaked from head to toe from a malfunctioning shower while giving a patient a shower. I just borrowed scrubs from the OR - layed my scrubs out to dry on a chair and when they were dry I threw the OR scrubs in the dirty linen then put mine back on. ;D
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    I always think about this but I never get myself to actually bring an extra pair of scrubs with me. I suppose you could always find a plastic bag to stick the dirty ones in until you get home. At least that's what I would do.
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    Grab a pair from the OR. If your soiled scrubs aren't too bad, put them in a plastic bag and wash when you get home. I mean what you are really getting on them that makes you think your family is at risk by washing them in your personal washer? Throw them away if they're THAT bad.
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    I would get a set of scrubs from laundry and throw mine in a bag. I just throw mine in the wash when I get home.
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    It would be such a luxury to think that all nurses work at a place that has a readily available source of replaceable clothing. Now, if you work in a LTC place on 11-7, good luck!!! That's why it's best to carry spares in your car/locker. Also some of us more generously endowed, Reubenesque women may need to carry our own also!

    Many nurses already carry an extra change of clothing in anticipation of staying overtime. And not all places willl do employee laundry. At one place, we had a washer/dryer available in-house that was used for Occup Therapy's ADL program. Some staff used it for their own use rather than a laundramat, so that became off-limits quickly. And besides, in-house laundry isn't germ-proofed, so I'd rather take my stuff home and do it myself. That way I could assure the actual clothes wash and the post-machine cleanse.

    Shoes are different; I did have an old extra pair avail because of the notorious floods we'd have in our LTC places on nites.

    At worst, you could just wear an isolation gown over the messy ones.
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    When I worked in LTC I had a spare set of EVERYTHING in my locker--scrub pants and top, socks, shoes, and undies. I only ever had to use the shoes and socks (so I wouldn't wake everyone up squelching up and down the hall after a particularly difficult shower) but I was really glad I had them.
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    After I ended up soiling my scrubs midshift, I now keep a spare set in my locker just in case. Luckily it was just my scrub top, so I took it off and I had a white longsleeve thermal underneath, so I just wore that with my scrub jacket that I brought to work over that. I put my soiled scrub top in a bag and washed it in hot water when I got home.


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