How to Choose Scrub Wear.
Uniforms or garments worn by health facility staff while on duty are referred to as scrubs. The facilities acquire them for their staff, be it nurses, doctors, pediatricians, etc. Most employers choose a supplier to deliver the uniforms to the facilities on order. Mostly, procurement department of the facility is responsible for all procurements, including procuring scrubs for the staff. While sourcing for scrub wear below is a guide to assist in procuring the uniforms.
Look for the supply if you do not have one already. Follow the right procurement channels as per the company policies. Request for quotations from three or more suppliers for comparison purposes. Discuss with the management, the design of the uniforms they require for the staff. For differentiation purposes, there can be a different style for each department, e.g., the paediatric unit can have scrubs with kids themes, and a different color for maternity wing and general ward, etc.
Once you have established a supplier, they should take measurements of every staff. Avoid loose fitting clothing especially in places like the laboratory, ultrasound rooms, kitchen, etc. A health facility worker should remain neat and clean, thus get enough sets for each staff. When purchasing the scrub in large quantities, you will be sure to get at a discounted rate.
When choosing the scrubs, consider the quality of the fabric. Hospital garments and other linen are best made from 100 % pure cotton fabric. Choose a piece of fabric that will be comfortable to wear for everyone. Have in mind, the location of the health facility. In areas with high temperatures such as dry areas, or coastal areas with high humidity, choose a lightweight fabric. In areas with low temperatures, choose a warm fabric to ensure the scrubs are warm to wear.
Medical scrubs requires a fabric that has no difficulty when it comes to washing and caring. Ensure the fabric is machine wash, as hand washing might not be possible as the scrubs are many.
Factor in the style of the scrub wear. Different necklines are meant for different designs, e.g. V-neck, low neckline, etc. You can also get a matching scarf for the female workers and a matching bow-tie for the male workers in open areas such as reception or waiting areas. Pockets are an important feature in the scrub design, especially for doctors and nurses.
The medical scrubs can also be embroidered with the hospitals logo and other details such as the department of the staff and name. This assist the patients to identify the health workers easily. Facility’s logo also sell the hospital when displayed on the workers scrubs. Have the details printed on visible features such as a front pocket, or at the back of the shirts, mocks or coats.