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THE HISTORY OF NURSING UNIFORMS

THE HISTORY OF NURSING UNIFORMS

From all that is known, the traditional uniform of nurses which was once all about a white hat, white shoes, white stocking and a white starched dress, has now vanished from the medical settings. Since a long time, the nursing uniforms have evolved. Hospitals have their dressing codes changed; each healthcare setting now has its own code for a nursing uniform. It’s just the old movies left where the nurses in traditional white uniform can be observed practicing.

Generally, the nurses of today are seen wearing scrubs while they’re offering their medical services in healthcare settings. Scrubs are typically known as any medical ensemble which has a pant and a shirt with short sleeves. Why is it called a scrub? Initially, it was only worn by the surgeons and other medical staff presents in the operating room or say in a “scrubbed” scenario.
Before the 20th century laid its mark, surgeons used to wear a different set of clothes for a surgical treatment while there were no sterilized or protective garments as such. On the other hand, the nurses wore their own conventional ensembles of that time. All of this changed with the advent of the 20th century when an apron was worn by the surgeons over their clothes during surgeries to protect the uniform.

It wasn’t until 1918 when Spanish flu pandemic broke and awareness was agitated about the infection widening, and the surgeons started wearing masks of cotton gauze over their mouth to remain safe. To have the patient’s condition under control it was primarily important for the surgeon to keep himself secure from the patient’s disease.
As the 1940s ascended, the aseptic method was routinely utilized in operation working suites to prevent contaminations and the pathogens from growing. To stress neatness, operation theaters clothing was preferred as to be white.

The mix of white environment, white clothing and splendid lights in operation theaters, in any case, was accepted to be the cause of eye strain for specialists in operating and all the other staff. Thus, till the 1960s, operation theaters clothing kept changing to different shades of green. Among different advantages, those colors were then discovered to stimulate a decrease in eye exhaustion, giving a high-class working condition and make the stains of blood more subtle.
With the advent of 1970s, the green surgical uniform turned plainly into a standard and is the establishment of the present standard non-surgical scrubs, which are normally worn by medicinal services staff in doctor’s facilities. These surgical scrubs are ordinarily possessed or rented by the healing facility due to washing and sterility matters. They are composed of tough textures that retain blood and other organic liquids. However, they are effectively cleaned.

The first uniform as the green scrub did not take into account separation between staff members or divisions, which is why the non-surgical scrubs turned into the acknowledged uniform for other medical staff. Accessible in an assortment of hues and designs, they give an approach to recognize and understand various departments (like that of pediatrics, labor and delivery and emergency) and quiet care faculty (attendants, and physical advisors, nurses and so on.), and assistive staff and care staff (unit representatives, transportation, and so forth.).

As of today, all patient care staff especially the nurses all around wear some kind of scrub in the case of practicing in a healing center, doctor’s office, facility, surgical room or even dental and veterinary workplaces.

Author: Jennifer Emily

 

 

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