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"Superbugs" are getting a lot of attention recently and rightly so. Antibiotic resistant bacteria is becoming a real problem and when I was on the subway last week, dressed in my scrubs, on my way home from work, I noticed a couple of people looking at me funny. While it could have been my imagination, I couldn't help but think they realized how gross my scrubs were and maybe that's why they were glaring at me like I had two heads.
I have learned that some hospitals are now offering free laundering of scrubs so nurses don't take germs out of the hospital or facility they work in. They're also offering airtight bags to pack the scrubs in till they arrive at the laundry facility.
I think this is a bit extreme, but I do have to acknowledge that these "superbugs" are scary and maybe we do need to change the way we handle our scrubs. I used to think it was cool to see other nurses in the community dressed in their scrubs. But now, I have to admit that I am a bit disgusted when I see them, even though I am guilty of doing the exact same thing. Scrubs are nasty and our shoes are worse. Although I do leave my shoes in the garage when I get home, my scrubs still go right into the house and I have been known to sit on my couch and bed with them still on.
We should be doing everything we can to keep these germs at work and not take them out into the community and home to our families. I know I'm tired when I finish a 12 hour shift and the last thing on my mind is changing my scrubs before I go home, but I think that in the next few years we will see some changes in the way we deal with our scrubs.
Scrub manufacturers are actively working on bacteria resistant scrubs, but they still have a long way to go.
What do you think about this? Do you get stared at when you are out in the community in your scrubs? Do you change clothes before leaving work?