Musings About O.R. Duty

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

I have fond memories of being on call and assisting at the operating room. I’ve always loved wearing scrub suits as my uniform – I tend to smell of glove powder and Cutasept whenever I wear scrubs. I do regret the fact that I never really bought a lot of scrub suits when I was still on call in the hospital.


Perhaps the idea of wearing scrubs and going on duty in the O.R. is something that seems more palatable in theory than in reality. The discomfort of having to stand for hours on end – and the swollen ankles to boot – are no laughing matter. Perhaps that’s why we get such comfortable scrub suits to wear inside the O.R.; it’s the least they can do to make us even just a bit more comfortable.


I do have a bone to pick with people wearing scrubs: why do they wear long sleeved shirts underneath their scrub suits? It’s a trend that a lot of health personnel would want to adapt, but it’s just not something you can do if you want to follow the handwashing technique to the letter (you have to wash up to your elbows).


Why I never collected scrubs like my colleagues, I don’t know why. I don’t even have to purchase from the stall right beside the hospital anymore, what with websites selling scrubs now, such as Yes, the thought of scrubs does bring back memories.

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Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.