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Okay, so in Scrubs, all the characters in the medical wing wear different shades of blue scrubs each day. JD will wear navy blue one day, then light blue the next, etc.

BUT, surgical all wear the same shade of green, day in, day out.

WHY IS IT SO?
 

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guess: I don't think that it is so much a matter of the color, but the level of sterilization. I am guessing that the scrubs doctors wear walking around the hospital are their own, and they take them home to launder, or send them to a laundry that will get them back to them. so they can personnalize them. scrubs that they wear in the OR are going to come out of sterile envelopes from a service, and you will wear what ever you get, so there is no customization.
 

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OR scrubs are not sterile - the surgical gowns and gloves are the only sterile garments worn by surgeons. However, OR scrubs are typically provided by the hospital and of a uniform color.
 

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Originally Posted by hopkins_student
OR scrubs are not sterile - the surgical gowns and gloves are the only sterile garments worn by surgeons. However, OR scrubs are typically provided by the hospital and of a uniform color.


in europe they come in plastic shrink wrapped envelopes, I thought that they were sterilized.
 

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Originally Posted by hopkins_student
OR scrubs are not sterile - the surgical gowns and gloves are the only sterile garments worn by surgeons. However, OR scrubs are typically provided by the hospital and of a uniform color.
Ah, so medical interns buy their own from wherever - which explains why you can buy them on Amazon.com - in whatever colors they want, and surgical interns have them supplied by the hospital?
 

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This is why hospital medicine in the UK is better - even as a junior doc you could wear your T&A shirt and Drake tie to work if you fancied. If youdidn't mind the risk of getting them stained, of course.


Generally no scrubs except in A&E and theatres (sorry, ER and OR). In fact, the surgeons tend to be the snappiest dressiers as a general rule. In my local general hospitals, only the surgeons and the neurologists have anything approaching quality clothes.

As for my speciality (psych), with few other exceptions, it's a sartorial wasteland, though one or two others show some rudimentary early promise.
 

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Well, across the pond, you have Dr Bresch repping your specialty.
 

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Originally Posted by Holdfast
This is why hospital medicine in the UK is better - even as a junior doc you could wear your T&A shirt and Drake tie to work if you fancied. If youdidn't mind the risk of getting them stained, of course.


Generally no scrubs except in A&E and theatres (sorry, ER and OR). In fact, the surgeons tend to be the snappiest dressiers as a general rule. In my local general hospitals, only the surgeons and the neurologists have anything approaching quality clothes.

As for my speciality (psych), with few other exceptions, it's a sartorial wasteland, though one or two others show some rudimentary early promise.


We can wear pretty much whatever we want as well in US hospitals- as long as it is professional. Most fields actually look down upon wearing scrubs, unless you are on call or in surgery. We are EXPECTED to dress professionally, especially in clinics and grand rounds.

Even in the US, it does seem like the surgeons- especially in orthopaedics, are the best dressed of the bunch. ALL other fields are pretty much as Holdfast describes psych. Peds, family medicine, and internal medicine are generally the worst dressed, but there are some exceptions.
 

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Originally Posted by Doc Martin
We can wear pretty much whatever we want as well in US hospitals- as long as it is professional. Most fields actually look down upon wearing scrubs, unless you are on call or in surgery. We are EXPECTED to dress professionally, especially in clinics and grand rounds.

Even in the US, it does seem like the surgeons- especially in orthopaedics, are the best dressed of the bunch. ALL other fields are pretty much as Holdfast describes psych. Peds, family medicine, and internal medicine are generally the worst dressed, but there are some exceptions.


Clearly, TV has lied to me with the scrubs thing; I feel so betrayed...


Thanks for clearing it up.
 

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Originally Posted by Holdfast
Clearly, TV has lied to me with the scrubs thing; I feel so betrayed...


Thanks for clearing it up.


LOL... anytime Holdfast. I think that many residents/interns look like scrubs even when they aren't wearing scrubs.


From what I hear, the UK does have an excellent system though.
 

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Originally Posted by hopkins_student
OR scrubs are not sterile - the surgical gowns and gloves are the only sterile garments worn by surgeons. However, OR scrubs are typically provided by the hospital and of a uniform color.
oh are they?
 

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The only people who buy scrubs are 1st year med students for anatomy lab. As 3rd year students and beyond (and even if you scrub in on a surgery as a 1st or 2nd year), hospitals provide the scrubs. You are not supposed to leave with them, and hospitals launder them. In our hospital, the color scrubs you wear denotes your department. Surgery is maroon (even for nurses), etc. btw, the Scrubs docs often look at their x-ray films backwards.
 

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A big wardrobe rule is to try to avoid having two actors in the same color at the same time. It tends to bland out the scene and can also confuse the audience re/ who's who if they aren't paying close attention. Plus I am guessing they change the colors around to show the progression of time, from day to day.
 

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There's a store here in Phoenix that just sells scrubs in all sorts of crazy patterns - tie die, tabasco, hawaiian prints, peppers, etc... Kind of like hawaiian shirts.

I have friends who are doctors and nurses who shop there to express their individuality.
 

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