A Brief History of Medical and Dental Scrubs

The use of a special medical uniform for surgical and other procedures was not normal practice until the early part of the twentieth century. Surgical procedures often took place in large amphitheatres where medical students could observe the operations being carried out by the physicians. In most cases the surgeons wore everyday street clothing during the procedure, except sometimes the surgeons donned butchers’ aprons to protect their clothes. In those days the importance of sterility was not recognized, so instruments and supplies were not commonly sterilized. The sutures used for closing wounds were usually just gut string sewn with a normal sewing needle which was reused over and over. Even the gauze employed to cover the wound was often nothing more than remnants taken from cotton mill floors.

The sea change in medical dress came after the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 in which twenty million people died; together with the rise of Lister’s theory of antisepsis. The beginning of special medical dress was surgeons and other medical personnel wearing masks, which was done more to protect the physician from the patient’s illness rather than to protect the patient. At this time too heavy rubber gloves began to be used by medical staffers to protect themselves from harsh chemicals used in cleaning the medical environment. By the nineteen forties, with the awareness of how wounds can become infected and of the need to have a sanitary environment in the operating room, medical staff professionals began wearing white uniforms during surgery and routinely in their daily rounds.

The first medical scrubs in wide use were white drapes or gowns which covered the surgeon and medical assistants during operations. The white colored fabrics used in these scrubs symbolized cleanliness. However, it was soon found that white clothing worn against a background of white sheets and a white surgical environment often caused eyestrain. It was in the nineteen fifties and sixties that medical and dental scrubs, usually of a green or blue color which is more restful to the eyes and also doesn’t show bloodstains as readily, came into widespread use. Soon designers of medical apparel began experimenting with different colors and styles of scrubs, and by the nineteen eighties it was possible for medical professionals to select from a wide array of colors and fashionable designs. Today’s medical scrubs range from cheap nursing scrubs to elegantly designed coordinated outfits suitable for street wear; and from short sleeved, V neck shirts with drawstring pants to formal jackets and gowns. Fabrics used for medical scrubs come in a wide range of solid colors, and feature bright prints (which are popular among medical professionals who work with children). Durable fabrics, which are easy to clean, are among the most popular.

Lack of Medical and Dental Care Can Hurt Your Business

I have heard people theorize that the reason men tend to die at a younger age than women is because they do not take care of their health. Many men have told me that they do not go to a doctor or dentist unless they are sick or have a horrible toothache.

Because of this, the physicians and dentists do not have an opportunity to do proper assessments or teach preventative measures that will lead to an ongoing healthy condition.

A lack of medical and dental care can hurt your business in a number of ways:

1. You feel poorly longer than necessary – Have you ever had a cold that goes on and on and on. Your head feels full and it is not only difficult to concentrate but also to keep going because you ache all over. Sometimes a problem tooth can leave you hurting or you have eye strain because you need a new prescription lens in your glasses.

It is not always wise to try to persevere. In fact, sometimes you leave an untreated condition so long that it worsens and actually takes longer to recover. When you are ill, you and your business suffer. You are not able to work with the same efficiency and stamina as when you were at full potential.

2. You might miss out on early detection – Often people wait until they are seriously ill before seeing a medical professional. They think that if they just wait long enough, they will get over the problem.

We live in a wonderful world where there are so many tests and procedures that can assess and identify illnesses that can be treated in the very early stages of their development. The longer you wait, however, the more chance you have of allowing the condition to worsen.

3. You might not know about good self-care practices – I remember what life was like before we had simple techniques such as flossing. I know that my mother would have preferred to practice this rather than be subjected to the painful dental surgery she experienced because of gum disease.

Research is constantly uncovering and developing new strategies for self-care. Your medical and dental team will help you to learn about them.

If a solo professional is ill, the business cannot operate. You, as a solo professional, are the business.

It is therefore extremely important that you take care of yourself so that you do not risk your own health or the health. Have regular checkups will assist you to protect your health and detect any problems so that they can be treated in the early stages. That way you will be well on your way to being a healthy person with a healthy business.