Why are surgical scrubs green?

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Posted Alison Hardy edited answer

Why are surgical scrubs green?

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I too have wondered – Why Green and not white? On seeing your question I did a websearch and got this very satisfactory answer. . ‘Scrubs used to be white—the color of cleanliness. Then in the early twentieth century, one influential doctor switched to green because he thought it would be easier on a surgeon’s eyes, according to an article in a 1998 issue of Today’s Surgical Nurse. Although it is hard to confirm whether green scrubs became popular for this reason, green may be especially well-suited to help doctors see better in the operating room because it is the opposite of red on the color wheel. Green could help physicians see better for two reasons. First, looking at blue or green can refresh a doctor’s vision of red things, including the bloody innards of a patient during surgery. The brain interprets colors relative to each other. If a surgeon stares at something that’s red and pink, he becomes desensitized to it. The red signal in the brain actually fades, which could make it

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Alison Hardy Alison Hardy edited answer

They can be of different colors, I think it depends. I recommend that you have a look at Dickies medical scrubs, for example. You will like those a lot, and you will find scrubs of different colors there, good luck!

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