Color Theory: Why Aren't Scrubs All Blue Still?

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:27am

Looking for free shipping scrubs when ordering uniform scrubs used to be the key to cinch your purchase.  Now, however, you have to find the correct color hue designated by experts for your employment niche in medicine or dentistry. Why and for whom was the surprising change from monotone blues to most shades of the rainbow established?  

Psychologists have taught that surrounding yourselves with certain colors in homes or work place improves our work, mood, and general happiness levels.  For generations past, this led to home interiors and offices being decorated in color themes induced to produce the desired effects.  However, the field of medicine from which the directives first developed on color theory was among the last to incorporate it. Nurses, technicians, aids and even doctors and surgeons still bought free shipping scrubs without looking at any further options.

Then someone in power and influence had an epiphany, and color theory was incorporated in the uniforms of medical, dental and even child care personnel.  Certain colors not only promote better mood, they evidently made happier patients heal better, and patients certainly had less angst in the professional office or hospital when their caregivers wore color hues too soothe their spirits.  The following is a designer's list in brief.  It just gives quick fact descriptions of the information related in detail at Color Theory for Designers .

1.  White: Purity, coolness, quiet, calm, clean, cleanliness.

2. Red: Primary color - Extreme passion, love, hate, fire, violence, raises blood pressure, respiration, and metabolism in patients. 

3.  Yellow: Primary color - denotes happy, sunshine, hope, cheerfulness, yet caution.

4.  Green: Suggests new, growth, renewal, abundance, calming yet energetic.

5.  Blue: Primary color - Calm, responsible, friendly, reliable, and peaceful.

6.  Purple: Royal, wealthy, creative, imaginative.

7. Black: Neutral, elegant, formal, powerful, mystery and sometimes evil.

8.  Gray: Neutral, moody, cool depressing

9.  Brown: Earthy, warm, dependable

10. Orange: Vibrant, energetic, change, vitality, more friendly than red but with some of same attributes.

The appearance of color affects your disposition and mood to the point of enhancing healing and recovery behaviors.

The utilization of colors and even color hues has been very successful in the uniform scrubs industry.  One side effect of the application is an improvement in identification of departments within hospitals and other care institutions by the colors of the personnel's scrubs.  Even lay people can usually readily identify a caregiver's duty and department by the uniform scrub color.

While pediatric medical and dental personnel have adopted scrubs with gaily decorated images such as cartoon characters or puppies and kittens, that uniform trend has not moved into any other department other than child care facilities to date. 

CNAs in nursing homes and rehabilitative centers usually wear scrubs with bright floral designs instead of the solid color scrubs found in the rest of the medical related fields. This most likely is due to the nature of their care with seniors and surgical or medical rehabilitating patients, but it is also effective as a kind of "rank identification."

 Why aren't scrubs all blue still? To help you, the patient, because whether you are 6 months or 66 years old, the color of the scrub uniforms caring for you affects your emotions and therefore speeds your recuperation.

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