ANTI-MICROBIAL SCRUBS: DO THEY DELIVER ON THEIR PROMISE?

ANTI-MICROBIAL SCRUBS: DO THEY DELIVER ON THEIR PROMISE?

The idea of anti-microbial scrubs is awesome right? After all, what healthcare worker wouldn’t want scrubs that could help fight the spread of germs and infection? It’s a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately, the answer is a bit more complicated.

Here are a few questions you should consider before investing in a set of anti-microbial scrubs:

  • Are anti-microbial scrubs effective?

While makers of anti-bacteria scrubs tend to tout the benefits of their products, the jury is still out. As of yet, there isn’t much clinical data on the subject. Some studies suggest they could be effective. Other studies say just the opposite. Complicating matters, different manufacturers use different ingredients or processes to infuse their scrubs with anti-bacterial properties. Some coat their garments with an anti-microbial emulsion. Others infuse their fabric with silver nanoparticles or use their own proprietary methods. So effectiveness may differ based on the anti-bacterial agent and manufacturing process.

One recent clinical study of nurses working in the ICU at Duke University Hospital set out to see if anti-microbial scrubs really made a difference. The study tested two different types of anti-microbial scrubs vs. standard cotton/poly scrubs. The result? The study did not find any significant decrease in clothing contamination when nurses wore anti-microbial scrubs vs. standard scrubs.

  • Are anti-microbial scrubs safe for humans and the environment?

After the pushback against anti-bacteria soaps and lotions and the over-prescription of antibiotics, similar concerns have been raised about anti-microbial clothing. Could they be doing more harm than good? Could they contribute to the rise of “superbugs” that are more resistant than other strains of bacteria?

In terms of the environment, anti-microbial ingredients, such as silver nanoparticles, have been shown to leach into wastewater during repeat washing. The amount of particles released during washing is generally believed to be negligible, but some scientists have expressed concern that the remaining silver will leach out over time when the clothes are discarded in landfills.

  • Are anti-microbial scrubs worth paying a premium for?

The addition of anti-microbial agents can add to the manufacturing costs of the scrubs, which are typically passed along to consumers. Many consumers are willing to pay a premium for this layer of protection. Yet anti-microbial coatings don’t always stand up to repeat washing. So sometimes the potential benefit may be limited to the first few times you wear the garment or as some studies suggest, non-existent.

Today, a number of manufacturers offer anti-microbial scrubs. However, koi isn’t one of them. “Internally, we’ve had numerous discussions about adding anti-microbial agents to our scrubs, and many customers have asked us about them” said koi founder Kathy Peterson. “But we still have concerns about both the effectiveness of anti-microbial scrubs and the potential environment impact. So we’ve made a conscious decision not to offer them at this time.”

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Regardless, there are still plenty of options for consumers who are interested in anti-microbial scrubs. When considering the purchase of these types of scrubs, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. And to do some research so that you can make an informed choice. After all, the decision to buy anti-microbial scrubs may not be as simple as you originally thought.

 

References

Nurses’ Scrubs Carry Bad Bacteria
by Liz Highleyman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
October 28, 2016
https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/idweek/61109
The Antiseptic Scrub Contamination and Transmission (ASCOT) Trial: a 3-Arm Cluster-Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial to Determine the Impact of Antiseptic-Impregnated Scrubs on Healthcare Worker Contamination
by Deverick Anderson, MD, et al, IDWeek 2016; Abstract 1351
October 28, 2016
https://idsa.confex.com/idsa/2016/webprogram/Paper57890.html
Bacterial contamination of healthcare workers’ uniforms: a random controlled trial of antimicrobial scrubs
by M. Burden, MD, et al, Journal of Hospital Medicine
July 2013
http://www.journalofhospitalmedicine.com/jhospmed/article/126901/study-antimicrobial-scrubs
Germ-Resistant Clothes: Pick or Pass?
by Leah Zerbe and PREVENTION
March 11, 2012
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/germ-resistant-clothes-pick-pass/story?id=15885681
Antimicrobials in Hospital Furnishings: Do They Help Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections?
by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH
March 2016
https://noharm-uscanada.org/sites/default/files/documents-files/3854/Antimicrobials%20Report%202016_1.pdf
The impact of anti-odor clothing on the environment
American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac
March 30, 2016
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2016/acs-presspac-march-30-2016/the-impact-of-anti-odor-clothing-on-the-environment.html
6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Anti-Bacterial Soaps
by Diane Vukovich, EcoWatch
July 6, 2016
https://www.ecowatch.com/6-reasons-why-you-should-stop-using-antibacterial-soap-1906692671.html

What are the best scrubs brands, and where do you find them?

What are the best scrubs brands, and where do you find them?

Today’s scrub buyer is faced with a multitude of options with brands all touting the latest, greatest, most technologically advanced scrubs. So how do you choose which ones to buy? Whether you’ve just entered the medical world or are looking to freshen up your scrubs collection, we’ve got the answers.

Cherokee Uniforms (cherokeeuniforms.com)

Cherokee Uniforms is one of the largest scrubs manufacturers out there. They produce many collections for any type of need, such as their performance-inspired collection (Luxe Sport) or their solids collection with stretchy fabric (Core Stretch). Cherokee is also the parent company to brands like Careisma and Dickies.

Barco Uniforms (barcouniforms.com)

Barco is best known for their popular Grey’s Anatomy™ collection. This collection, named after the TV show, targets people looking for classic silhouettes with all-day performance and comfort.

WonderWink (wonderwinkscrubs.com)

WonderWink is easily recognized by it’s bright Yellow branding. WonderWink has a youthful appeal and targets the budget-conscious shopper.

Healing Hands (www.healinghandsscrubs.com)

Healing Hands was founded by a former athletic apparel company. They offer on-trend styles, engineered for high performance and durability.

Figs (wearfigs.com)

Figs is a newer brand that launched directly to consumers a few years ago. They make “ridiculously soft” scrubs in minimalist styles. Figs scrubs only come in solid colors and they may offer very limited styles, but for every pair of scrubs sold they give a set to a healthcare provider in need. Their products can only be purchased online.

koi Scrubs (koihappiness.com)

koi is best known for introducing the Lindsey Pant in 2006, which was the first well-fitting, fashionable scrub pant on the market. Since then, koi continues to redefine how men and women wear scrubs with custom-made fabrics, on-trend styles, and eye-catching prints. With more than 8 collections for every need, koi offers athletic-inspired, high-performance scrubs with koi Lite, luxury scrubs like the koi Tech collection, the new ultra-feminine collection Mariposa by koi, and more! koi believes you should never sacrifice style for comfort, and engineers all of their garments to last. koi is one of the only brands that sells direct on their website and in over 1,000 stores internationally.

In the end, we’re so confident you will love our products that we don’t mind giving a plug to some of the other available brands. After all, the best scrubs brand is not necessarily the most popular, the least expensive, or even the most expensive. It’s the one that offers you comfort, confidence, and functionality to make you happiest during your long hours on the job. Pick the scrub set that will let you focus on what you’re doing, not what you’re wearing.

 

All About Mariposa

5 Reasons to Add Our New Mariposa by koi Scrubs to Your Wardrobe Now…

 

Fresh for fall is our new ultra sophisticated, ultra modern Mariposa by koi collection. Here are a few reasons to fall in love with these fabulous scrubs!

 

 

1. YOU LOVE THE LOOK.

Modern, yet professional, our Mariposa by koi collection is not afraid to show off your feminine side.

2. YOU LOVE THE DETAIL.

Laser-cut floral detail and asymmetrical necklines are just a sampling of what makes this new collection so unique.

3. YOU LOVE THE FEEL.

Luxuriously soft to the touch, our Mariposa by koi scrubs feature 4-way stretch for incredible comfort and fit.

 4. YOU LOVE THE EASY CARE.

Our Mariposa by koi scrubs are wrinkle- and fade-resistance so they look amazing straight out of the dryer.

5. YOU’VE GOT A THING FOR BUTTERFLIES.

We chose the butterfly to represent Mariposa by koi because in many cultures it symbolizes life, hope and endurance. That’s why you’ll see our signature butterfly logo on each of our Mariposa garments.

 

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7 Things You’ll Love About koi Tech Scrubs


GET TECH SAVVY!

In December 2016, koi launched a brand-new collection: koi Tech. This highly technical line of scrubs utilizes custom-engineered fabric, moisture wicking abilities, and updated versions of our top-selling styles, such as the Lindsey Pant!

While there are many reasons people are raving about this new line, here are the top 7 reasons you’ll fall in love with koi Tech.


1. THEY’RE LUXURIOUS TO THE TOUCH.

Made with our exclusive microfiber stretch satin fabric, koi Tech scrubs soft and silky against your skin.

2. WEARING THEM IS PURE HEAVEN.

So breathable and comfortable, with just the right amount of stretch, they’ll feel heavenly even at the end of a long shift.

3. THEY’RE UNIQUE, JUST LIKE YOU.

They don’t look like every copycat scrub out there. Our unique design details give them a look that both professional and original.

4. THEY KEEP YOU COOL UNDER PRESSURE.

Our unique fabric wicks away moisture so you stay cool and dry.

5. NO AWKWARD FIT.

Getting the fit right was our top priority. You don’t need scrubs that bunch in the wrong places, or look great but feel restricting. Our koi Tech line is sleek & comfortable with a tailored look.

6. THEY’RE MADE TO LAST.

Double-needle stitching means they won’t fall apart at the seams. And because they’re made from our own custom-engineered premium fabric, they’ll last longer.

7. EASY CARE.

They’re shrink, fade- and wrinkle-resistant. Just wash, dry and you’re good to go.


Need we say more? Be the envy of your coworkers and purchase a scrub set today!

 

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