There are so many different scrubs to choose from, and sometimes finding the perfect scrub material for you can be overwhelming. Luckily, to help you find the right scrub material for your needs, we put together this guide with features and benefits to look for, and some great options from UniformAdvantage.com.
While most scrubs are made up of a blend of fabrics, we decided that it will be helpful to mention the fabrics that are most likely to be used in scrubs. This guide can also allow you to picture how your new scrubs will feel and inform you of any special care instructions!
Cotton is easily regarded as a “traditional” fabric. Scrubs that are made of 100% cotton are often soft, durable, and easy to clean! However, cotton does wrinkle a lot faster than other fabric blends and can be prone to shrinking in the drier if not careful. Overall, this is a comfy and classic fabric that we just love!
Polyester is durable, easy to care for and wrinkle resistant. Poly scrubs also have a rougher texture and may be less comfortable than cotton, but its reliability makes it an excellent fabric!
Rayon is similar to cotton in its durability and softness. It is an absorbent, highly breathable fabric that can help you keep cool. Like cotton, this fabric may also wrinkle easily, but its benefits make this a very popular choice!
It’s all about durability! Spandex is a lightweight, durable material that is resistant to shrinking. Many stretch fabrics contain a spandex blend, it helps keep your apparel nice and stretchy. Spandex is not as breathable as other fabrics, and does have a rougher texture, but it makes a great option when blended with other fabrics.
This is the most common blend for scrubs! The poly/cotton blend is easy to care for, wrinkle resistant, and comfortable. Scrubs from our Butter-Soft and Best-Buy collections are made of a poly/cotton blend, and are a great option for the caregiver that desires the best!
Polyester and Spandex blends are another popular choice for scrubs. This blend is highly durable and the spandex allows for stretchy comfort! Poly/Spandex scrubs also tend to be free of wrinkles and easy to care for. Our Easy Stretch collection is an excellent option for the caregiver that desires a stretchy, comfy feel to their scrubs!
Four Way Stretch
Additionally, you can find Four Way Stretch Fabrics as an exceptional and comfy feature for your medical scrubs! This fabric stretches crosswise and lengthwise, is moisture-wicking, and allows for the easy removal of hair. It is no coincidence that Four Way Stretch is a veterinarian’s favorite!
Now that you learned a little more about scrubs and the different types of fabrics, compliment your scrub wardrobe with some of our favorite picks!
The Easy STRETCH by Butter-Soft™ Henley Scrub Top is a lightweight top made with 4-way stretch and a poly/spandex material. It is easy care for wash-n-wear and is both wrinkle and fade resistant!
The Butter-Soft Scrubs by UA™ Women’s Rounded V-Neck 4-Pocket Top is soft and comfortable, and features 4 pockets! It is made with easy-care wash-n-wear fabric and a poly/cotton blend.
The Cherokee Tooniforms M-I-C-K-E-Y Print Scrub Top is made of 100% cotton, making it a rich, durable and breathable print top!
The koi Lite™ Scrubs Philosophy Mock Wrap Side Zipper Top is a wrinkle free, moisture wicking scrub top made out of 100% polyester with a rib trim of poly/spandex.
Here at Uniform Advantage, we offer a variety of scrubs with different fabrics and blends to choose from! Take advantage of our Nurses Week sales and save on wonderful styles! Tell us about your favorite types of scrub material in the comments and on Instagram, tagging @uniformadvantage and #adayinscrubs!
Regardless of specialty and scope of practice, finding a reliable and high-quality stethoscope is necessary for all healthcare practitioners. Stethoscopes are medical instruments that allow practitioners to perform physical patient assessments through auscultation, or listening to sounds of the heart, lungs, abdomen and more. Without a dependable stethoscope, healthcare professionals wouldn’t be able to make accurate patient assessments.
To help you find the right stethoscope for your needs, we put together this guide with features to look for and our favorite stethoscopes from UniformAdvantage.com.
Stethoscope Anatomy 101
Stethoscopes have several different parts that help with the transfer of a
patient’s internal sounds to the practitioner’s ears during physical assessments and diagnosis.
The parts of the stethoscope include the:
Form and Function: The chestpiece of the stethoscope consists of the diaphragm, stem, and bell. It lets you listen to your patient sounds by placing the diaphragm or bell end on different parts of the patient’s body. Can be a single-head or dual-head.
What to look for: Look for quality materials like stainless steel since it’s the best for accurate acoustics.
Form and Function: The diaphragm is the circular end of the chest-piece that lets you listen to the patient’s internal sounds.
What to look for: An air-seal to ensure amplified sound quality and a non-chill rim.
Form and Function: The eartubes are the metal parts that are connected to the eartips and tubing. They isolate external sounds and transfer internal sounds to your ears.
What to look for: They should be made of a strong, durable material like aluminum alloy.
Form and Function: Eartips are attached to the eartubes and keep your ears safe.
What to look for: Should be made of soft, durable, and flexible materials like rubber or silicone and need to have a form fitting seal.
Form and Function: The stem is basically the metal part of the stethoscope that connects the stethoscopes tubing to the chest-piece and lets you switch between chestpieces.
What to look for: Should be made of a strong, durable metal.
Form and Function: The headset ensures that the eartubes and eartips fit properly in your ears and provide maximum sound quality.
What to look for: Should be adjustable to ensure a custom fit.
Form and Function: The tubing helps maintain and transfer sound captured by the diaphragm or bell and sends it to the eartubes where you can hear it.
What to look for: Should be flexible.
Now that you learned more about the stethoscope and all its parts, compliment your scrubs with some of our favorite stethoscopes!
The 3M™ Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope is a general-purpose stethoscope with soft sealing ear tips and an improved design that provides reliable acoustics for basic blood pressure and limited physical assessment.
The 3M™ Littmann Cardiology IV Champagne Finish Stethoscope features a Champagne finish chest-piece, Black Tube, and Smoke stem and headset. The single-piece diaphragm is easy to attach and easy to clean, with a smooth, crevice-free surface. It comes with tunable diaphragms on both the adult and pediatric sides of the chest-piece. The pediatric side can convert to an open bell by just removing the single-piece diaphragm and replacing it with a non-chill rim. The open bell stays clear of dirt and debris when covered by the small diaphragm. The next-generation tubing lasts longer, with improved resistance to skin oils and alcohol. No natural rubber latex or phthalate plasticizers are used in the tubing or any other component.
The 3M™ Littmann Classic III Stethoscope offers high acoustic sensitivity and features a two-sided chestpiece with tunable diaphragms on both the adult and pediatric sides. A tunable diaphragm on one side augments the traditional bell function of the opposite side. The pediatric side converts to a traditional open bell by replacing the single-piece diaphragm with a non-chill rim. Next-generation tubing provides longer life due to improved resistance to skin oils and alcohol; less likely to pick up stains. Snap-tight eartips with a soft, smooth surface.
The Prestige Clinical Lite Stethoscope is a classic dual head stethoscope enhanced by light weight anodized aluminum construction. A fiberglass diaphragm is utilized to optimally detect S1 and S2 heart sounds as well as Korotkoff sounds, while the bell side is optimally designed for assessing S3 and S4 heart sounds. The Clinical Lite™ incorporates a snap-on diaphragm retaining ring and a non-chill bell ring which contributes to the ease of use and maintenance, while enhancing patient comfort. Includes two sizes of soft eartips and replacement diaphragm.
Our selection of stethoscopes come in a variety of colors that will match your scrubs perfectly! Tell us about your favorite stethoscope in the comments and on Instagram, tagging @uniformadvantage and #adayinscrubs!
Our Southlake Mall Uniform Advantage has officially moved to a new location in McDonough, GA and we’re excited to give you a look into our new store. With this new location comes an enhanced shopping experience that we’re sure all our customers, returning and new, are sure to love.
Only a 15-minute drive from our previous location, our new McDonough store is still the best source for scrubs, uniforms, and medical accessories for all our customers just south of Atlanta.
With a large selection of all your favorite UA exclusive brands, our new location also offers a range of other brands from Cherokee and Koi to Grey’s Anatomy and Healing Hands.
Come visit our new location, conveniently located in the Henry Town Center next to Pier 1, at 1788-A Jonesboro Rd, in McDonough. Our store hours are Monday thru Saturday 10am – 8pm & Sunday 12pm – 6pm.
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