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How do I put on a scrub suit?

Hospital staff wearing scrubs suits in theatre must follow the strict instructions provided by the hospital. If you are a medical student or new to your scrub wearing profession, you may not know how to wear scrubs.

The following are typical instructions on how to wear scrubs:

  1. Put on the short sleeved scrub top over your head. Make sure that any undergarments are fully covered. The sleeves would ideally be at least 10cm above the elbow to avoid getting wet sleeves.
  2. Put on the scrub trousers, again making sure any undergarments are fully covered. Pull the tie-waist closed. Make sure that the trouser legs do not touch the floor at all, to avoid transferring bacteria from one area to another.
  3. Wear closed toe non-slip theatre shoes or boots.
  4. Hair must be completely covered with a clean, disposable theatre hat. Beards must be covered with a beard hood.
  5. Follow the set scrub up procedure, which involves intensive hand and arm washing for at least 5 minutes, to remove bacteria on the skin and in the top layers of skin.
  6. Finally, put on a surgical mask over your face and put on your protective spectacles.

If you are wearing a scrub suit for any other purpose, e.g. it’s your nursing uniform and you won’t need to enter an operating theatre, you can wear your scrub top over another piece of clothing such as a t-shirt or vest.

The Interweave Performance scrub suits are fully reversible. For the scrub top you wear it with the v-neck at the front and you can wear it inside out as the stitching is fully enclosed and there are pockets on both sides.  For the scrub trousers, the stitching is again fully enclosed and there are pockets on both the inside and outside, meaning you can turn them inside out to wear them.

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