Medical Workers wearing scrubs to and from work, outside the Hospital, etc.. - page 5

New York Daily News Tuesday Oct. 17th 2006 -Barbara M. Simpson writes: "MEDICAL WORKERS NEED TO CHANGE I have bben wondering if there is now a rule that persons who work in the medical field,... Read More

  1. by   truern
    I know...let's ingest oral antibiotics, insert PR antibiotics for those nasty GI bugs, and don hazmat suites before taking report... then stand naked in a disinfectant shower before leaving the hospital.

    Only to get bombarded by the bugs OUT THERE!!

  2. by   lorster
    I don't really think the bacteria are as evil as the agents we are giving to kill them. We are a very clean society, germ phobic, parasite phobic etc etc. We keep encouraging the use of antibacterial soaps that have triclosan, a pesticide. I don't think we are seeing the real root of the problem here and that is the over use of antibiotics. The body can no longer heal itself. This is the real issue. Personally, I gown when taking care of these patients but the rest is just fair play. I will go to the grocery store (in my scrubs) and it is just as bad there. You know, germs are not always bad, they are part of our environment. MRSA lives in all of our nasal passages. Our bodies will be strong if we are allowed to fight some of these problems naturally. That is why we have immune systems. But we are destroying our bodies ability to fight off these germs because we run right into the doctor and get put on an antibiotic. We are all part of the problem, not part of the solution. And these doctors....just don't get it.
  3. by   TShill
    Quote from destiny5
    In my perfect hospital has uniforms available, private showers for employees,a gym, saunas & jacuzzi's. Our patients think it's a hotel why can't we?
    I like the perfect world you live in, because those are my thoughts too. At my hospital too the only nurses who wear street clothes in and have a place to change into their scrubs is OB and OR. :spin:
  4. by   zaradatha
    I personaly LOVE to wear scrubbs for all most everything. I have scrubbs that I do gardening in, scrubbs that I clean house in, Scrubbs that I run errands in, and scrubbs that I do what I get paid for in, To me the comfort factor will always out weigh the fasion statment factor. I of course don't do all of these jobs in the Same pair of scrubbs :chucklebut I just love scrubbs!!!
  5. by   cwinlv
    Quote from Galvatron1
    Every day you see white uniforms, blue uniforms [scrubs] in the post office, in the stores, in the banks, in restaurants, on the streets. That kind of behavior is unsanitary."
    Your "unsanitary" remark automatically assumes these people have just left work. Perhaps they are on the way to work!

    I, personally, head straight home and change immediately. After taking care of people with C-Diff, MRSA, and many other nosocomials, I refuse to walk inside my house with my shoes on!

    One trait of a good nurse is that she never "assumes" something. Use your critical thinking skills and don't "assume" these people have just left work.
  6. by   rollybah
    Germs do not live on scrubs, you are not carrying germs into your home or businesses by wearing them places after work. That is an old nurses myth that came from long long ago. Why are family and friends able to visit in their street clothes and hug and be near pts and not transfer germs to them? Let's get over this old tale and move into the 21st century.
  7. by   Mimi2RN
    If we wore scrubs provided by the hospital, laundered by the hospital, and had a usable locker room, I wouldn't be wearing my scrubs coming and going.

    But who wants to wear scrubs washed in the hospital laundry? The ones we have as reserve, provided by the department for emergencies, are cheap, thin, and only good for that purpose. I also hate finding someone else's hair in the hospital laundry, even sometimes in the baby blankets. Everything gets washed in the same loads, and they don't pretreat or use fabric softener.

    I used to work at a place that provided scrubs, sometimes all you could find were wayyyy too big, or sometimes much too tight!
  8. by   janetrnc
    Ummmmm have I missed something or are germs just limited to scrubs? What about physicians and PA's and NP's who wear street clothes into patient areas? Sometimes with lab jackets but mostly without?
    Just my 2 cents
  9. by   BSNtobe2009
    Quote from cyberkat
    I just saw this thread.

    So will Doctors be required to change clothes when they visit their patients? How about family members and friends?

    Heck we can't even get families to keep their babies from crawling on the floor of the rooms with MRSA all over it. Scrubs in public are probably the least of people's worries since so many diseases are community acquired.

    Anybody check out the handle of your grocery cart lately? How about an office keyboard? They're crawling with evil bacteria.

    But then our society has gotten extremely bacteria-phobe to the point where I know parents who won't let their kids play on the floor in their own homes.
    OMG, who in their right mind would allow a baby to crawl on a floor in a hospital or any public building? That is so nasty! When she was that small, I held her no matter how much my arms wanted to break or how much she was screaming to be let down.

  10. by   SillyLilly
    Germs transfer to everything and everyone! Vistors, nurses, doctors, techs, machines, etc.

    Luckily, most of us have good immune systems. Also, some germs die before being tranfered into another being.
  11. by   jeffrey_rn
    I am a total believer in evidenced-based practice. Therefore, let the research guide the debate. Show me evidence one way or the other that wearing our scrubs to/from work increases the risk of infection from either the patient to the community or from the community to the patient, and then I'll leave my scrubs at the hospital. Until then, I'll keep wearing my scrubs to church. Amen.
  12. by   jbrownclnc
    Believe it or not we wear scrubs from home and into the operating room now. New data has come out, which supports that it's acceptable to wear "properly cleaned" scrubs into the operating room. At first there were alot of unhappy staff, especially the old school staff, but our director showed us data that supported the change.
  13. by   ldh
    Quote from RNKITTY04
    End result is: Who knows where we pick germs up, but I promise when I go to the grocery store after work I will not roll the produce up and down my body anymore.