Friday 15 November 2019

'No hazard' as hospital staff told to wash own scrubs

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

THE decision to tell nurses and doctors to take on washing the blue scrubs they wear for daily work does not present an infection risk, a hospital insisted.

Until recently, all scrubs were washed in the hospital laundry at very high temperatures -- but this is no longer the case for staff who wear the top and trousers as part of their normal uniform in the Mater hospital in Dublin.

A hospital spokeswoman said that, after consultation with doctors and staff, it was decided that they will buy and wash their own everyday scrubs to save €40,000 from the hospital's cleaning budget.

But this does not apply to scrubs worn in operating theatres and other areas where patients could be at-risk.

It applies only to those that are being worn as "everyday work uniform" for a growing number of staff who enjoy the freedom and comfort the garments allow.

"Nurses were given the option of wearing uniforms again and volunteered to use, buy and clean their own scrubs (which is their daily uniform)," the hospital spokeswoman added.

Irish Independent

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