Sorting the #DudScrubs Laundry

This is where I’ll be picking my way through all the dirty #DudScrubs laundry. Tighten those side-ties, because there’s a lot to get through!

For an explanation of what #DudScrubs is all about, read my more detailed post on it here.

Below I’ve started organising the various tweets into different categories to make them easier to find, and because different aspects may be of more interest or importance to different people. But I think it is the overall picture that makes the case for change so compelling, and that hospitals need to sit up, take notice, and start asking their staff what they can do to make their scrub provisioning system more fit-for-purpose.

Many tweets fall into multiple categories, so that’s why there is some duplication. Also, this list will continue to grow and evolve over time. Please let me know if anything is miscategorized, or if you have suggestions on for the blog posts or the campaign itself.

If you would like to contribute anonymously, you can email me at, or send a Direct Message via Twitter to @DrGetafix @emergency_CNS, @GongGasGirl or @ketaminh. It will be de-identified and posted for you.





Thin and revealing scrubs, which leave little to the imagination do not project a professional image to staff, patients and visitors


Similarly with poorly fitting scrubs


I’m not sure staff getting around wearing paper uniforms is a great look either.


Visitors and families also have to put up with them. This negatively affects the publics perception of the hospital

Unfit for Purpose

The number, style and location of pockets are important considerations in terms of the functionality of scrubs


A system for the provision of scrubs should be designed in a way that makes it easier for staff to do the right thing, not harder. It definitely should not make staff late for work!


And to be effective, it needs to designed with reference to the population it is serving. This includes staff, including pregnant staff, patients, family and visitors





Many of the workarounds staff use to maintain modesty have the potential to damage the scrubs, or interfere with their laundering. These in turn can reduce their effectiveness as a means of reducing surgical site infection.


Being a mandatory uniform, integral to our work, they should be managed like other WH&S issues, and ensure they are not jeopardising  our health. Both physical


And mental

Hospital Responses


Staff Responses



Suggestions for Improvement

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