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28 Jun

The Rise of Scrubs with No Pockets

The Rise of Scrubs with No Pockets

I’ve been working in the customer service department for over 14 years, and it seems like there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new. Recently I had a customer ask, “when are you going to start providing clean scrubs, especially warm-ups?”  The term “clean scrubs” baffled me.  We provide inter suits in our Worklon line; they look sort of like regular scrub tops and bottoms but are worn under cleanroom garments. However, apparently this wasn’t what she had in mind. She went on to explain that her customers had been requesting scrubs bottoms, tops, and warm-ups without pockets. 

I asked, “why would you want a warm up without pockets?”  Warm-ups are jackets, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a jacket with plenty of pockets?  Her reply was, “the pharmaceutical and mental health industries want them.”  I understood the pharmaceutical industry. Having garments with no pockets reduces the opportunity for a pharmacy worker to steal prescription medication.

What I wasn't sure of was why there was a request for these at mental health hospitals. I’m always being asked for suggestions on laundry bags and pajamas without cords for the psych wards but I just couldn’t see the danger of pockets, unless caregivers were stealing a patient’s medication.   The customer went on to explain, “many psych wards don’t want care givers to have pockets for their protection. Pockets provide a way for the patient to grab hold of the care giver.” Now I understood. Much like police officers do not wear ties as part of their uniforms, a care giver could be dragged down by an irate patient very easily by a pocket. It basically works as a handle.

It’s just another example of how things evolve in the manufacturing of healthcare uniforms and patient wear. 

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Mickey Lovingood is a Business Development Coordinator on our Healthcare Business Development Team. She has more than 15 years’ experience in customer relations and sales.



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