I've noticed so many nurses/techs/PT/RT that come and go from the hospital in their scrubs for the day. With all the super bugs going around I was wondering what people thought about this. Granted, this is the case in hospitals where the hospital no longer provides scrubs for employees once arriving to work. Some areas where I work (Surgery and L/D) still provide employees for scrubs.
Technically, you don't want to bring bugs into the hospital and you don't want to take what is in the hospital, to your home/public places. I've heard of employees taking c-diff home to their families which I would imagine is ever so joyful for them.
I personally wear different clothes to work, change into my scrubs at work, and then shower/change clothes again at the end of my shift. This may be a little over the top but I figure it leans towards best practice and common courtesy for patients. I work on a unit where many of the patients are immunocompromised. Any thoughts?
I think the bugs at Walmart are just as bad as those at the hospital (and probably as numerous) and most people don't rush home and shower after grocery shopping. Universal Precautions, good handwashing, common sense, and a little luck is all you need.
Last edit by Purple_Scrubs on Feb 16, '12
: Reason: clarification