Wearing an excessively washed and dirty uniform has long been a bane for the employees of hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care settings. The advent of advanced dry cleaning technologies has helped to relieve some of this burden, but the reality is that dry cleaning does not do the job of thoroughly cleaning the uniform which is still left up to the hands of the person wearing the medical scrubs.
At any given time, the number of hospital employees wearing the uniform is only part of the story. Additionally, there are a few people who must also wear hospital scrubs. Nurses, for example, must be wearing hospital scrubs and those are two different types of attire. When laundry service for hospital employees is used to their full extent, it can easily have a bearing on the quality of work the staff is doing for the hospital.
The next time you go to your local dry cleaner, ask them about how often they clean a uniform. In general, the best results are achieved when laundry services are used more than one time during the week. The schedule of how often they should be washed and dried could vary from patient to patient, but it’s essential that the right amount of laundered uniform is being produced at all times.
For a hospital setting, the gown or other garments which the employees are expected to wear for their profession are more complicated than those worn by hospital personnel who are not being required to wear uniforms. The fabrics which are more difficult to clean can sometimes be confused with those that need to be washed because they are already clean. The same principle applies to the scrubs worn by those who are not being required to wear uniforms.
Before a dry cleaning service is employed in the hospital, it’s necessary to determine what is needed for every garment. For a nurse’s uniform, it should be a dark-colored gown with an adjustable closure. For an adult patient, a scuba diving vest would also be appropriate and may be used if the patient is too injured to use one of the standard hospital scrubs. The dry cleaner would need to specify the type of garment being requested for each patient.
For those patients who will be wearing the laundry clothing at home, some clothing that has been laundered may be worn to get in and out of bed, or for dressing the patient. If the patient is too injured to walk around outside, the laundry might be used instead of a standard hospital dress. Nursing uniforms for nurses who will be working for a private practice can be laundered separately. Such outfits can be worn at home for special occasions, such as baby showers.
Of course, all garment dry cleaning should be done to the specifications set forth by the hospital where the patient will be coming from. There are certain times when such clothes should be laundered while others do not. For example, hospital scrubs should be washed a minimum of four times a week, but when someone is not required to wear scrubs for their work, it’s better to do the laundry a minimum of twice a week. Otherwise, the wrong type of garment is being produced, and may not be the best choice for patient care.
It is possible to apply a domestic washing treatment to medical uniforms. In fact, several hospitals and nursing homes now use this method of dry cleaning on uniforms. It is also possible to create various finishes in order to produce a cleaner garment.
For example, surgical scrubs can be cleaned using a particular laundry detergent that has been formulated to eliminate the odor that is created by ordinary laundry detergents. It is also possible to rinse the garment in a hot water bath to remove any soap residue that has already formed on the garment. The garment can then be dry cleaned and treated to create a matte finish.