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scrubs ban

Bjorn, Pret trauma-list@trauma.org
Wed, 9 Apr 2003 14:58:00 -0400


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Never thought much about the hygiene issues; but then, really, you don't
often see an off duty healthcare professional sporting obvious blood or body
fluids.  It's a big leap from wearing a uniform off duty to wearing it dirty
off duty.

My opinion, it just looks silly.  I wear an over-washed set of scrubs for
jammies sometimes, but walking around town in them makes one look desperate
to be recognizable as a healthcare hero. 

And as for those various neon Birkenstocks, well... people have no idea how
to accessorize nowadays.
 
Bottom line is, we all agree that wearing the uniform to the grocer is in
bad taste.  Surprise, surprise.  
 
Still, unless your organization actually owns the scrubs, controlling their
use is practically and legally impossible.  You can dictate what I wear at
work, but on my own time I can wear a duck suit and flippers if I wish.  If
kind criticism has no effect, then mind your own business.  Life is short.
 
Pret Bjorn
Trauma Coordinator
EMMC Trauma Program
489 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
 
207.973.7260 (office)
207.973.7673 (fax)
207.941.5085 (voice pager)
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: ian [  <mailto:ian@8i.com> mailto:ian@8i.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 9:11 PM
To: trauma-list@trauma.org
Subject: scrubs ban


I wanted to start a discussion on the banning healthcare uniforms from
outside healthcare environments. I always see people going to bars and
restaurants in their "scrubs" or paramedic uniforms. Wouldn't a ban on this
slow the spread of infectious pathogens. We know that many viruses
(including SARS) can live outside the body for hours invisible to the naked
eye. Is it that big of a deal to change in a locker room before leaving
work? I do it. I'm not judging anyone, just looking for a good discussion.
Thanks. Ian

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<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2>Never thought much about the hygiene 
issues; but then, really, you don't often see an off duty healthcare 
professional sporting obvious blood or body fluids.&nbsp; It's a big leap from 
wearing a uniform off duty to wearing it <EM>dirty </EM>off duty.<BR><BR>My 
opinion, it just looks silly.&nbsp; I wear an over-washed set of scrubs for 
jammies sometimes, but walking around town in them makes one look desperate to 
be recognizable as a healthcare hero.&nbsp;<BR><BR>And as for those various neon 
Birkenstocks, well... people have no idea how to accessorize 
nowadays.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2>Bottom line is, we all agree that 
wearing the uniform to the grocer is in bad taste.&nbsp; Surprise, 
surprise.&nbsp; </FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2>Still, unless your organization 
actually <EM>owns </EM>the scrubs, controlling their use is practically and 
legally impossible.&nbsp; You can dictate what I wear at work, but on my own 
time I can wear a duck suit and flippers if I wish.&nbsp; If kind criticism has 
no effect, then mind your own business.&nbsp; Life is short.</FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN class=030133519-19052000>Pret 
Bjorn</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN class=030133519-19052000>Trauma 
Coordinator</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN class=030133519-19052000>EMMC 
Trauma Program</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN class=030133519-19052000>489 
State Street</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN 
class=030133519-19052000>Bangor, ME 04401</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN 
class=030133519-19052000></SPAN></FONT>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN 
class=030133519-19052000>207.973.7260 (office)</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN 
class=030133519-19052000>207.973.7673 (fax)</SPAN></FONT></DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><SPAN 
class=030133519-19052000>207.941.5085 (voice 
pager)</SPAN></FONT></DIV></FONT></DIV></FONT></DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV>&nbsp;</DIV>
<DIV><FONT color=#800000 face=Arial size=2><FONT color=#000000>-----Original 
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size=2>]<BR>Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 9:11 PM<BR>To: 
trauma-list@trauma.org<BR>Subject: scrubs ban<BR><BR><BR>I wanted to start a 
discussion on the banning healthcare uniforms from outside healthcare 
environments. I always see people going to bars and restaurants in their 
"scrubs" or paramedic uniforms. Wouldn't a ban on this slow the spread of 
infectious pathogens. We know that many viruses (including SARS) can live 
outside the body for hours invisible to the naked eye. Is it that big of a deal 
to change in a locker room before leaving work? I do it. I'm not judging anyone, 
just looking for a good discussion. Thanks. Ian<BR><BR>--<BR>trauma-list : 
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