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News spotlight: Color-coded scrub attire to brighten patient care

Nurse Leader Insider, February 16, 2009

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Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH, is limiting nurses' scrub attire to navy blue and white in the hope of creating a more satisfied and safer patient care setting.

Gone are the vibrantly-colored, patterned scrubs that once adorned nurses. The facility opted for a new dress policy—in which staff wardrobes are color-coded by discipline—after research found it boosted patient and nurse satisfaction by 3 to 8 percentage points. Deborah Minton, nurse manager at the facility, studied the effect of the dress code while conducting her master's thesis research within two nursing units at the facility.

The facility is spending $360,000 to financially assist staff in paying for the cost of the new scrubs, which have also been shown to increase patient safety by helping nurses and other hospital staff visually identify who they can call on for assistance during emergencies, even if they do not know the other staff members. New brochures and signs posted hospitalwide outlining staff and their designated dress code may also help patients more easily recognize and consult staff about their care.
 
Source: Dayton Daily News  



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