Much like scrubs there are a wide variety of jackets, lab coats, and warm ups available these days. With so many choices how do you decide what will work for you??? Within this sea of options there are different styles, features, and a plethora of other options. We are constantly receiving comments, questions and other pieces of feedback at scrubadoo.com and the three most common items we hear about for our coats and jackets are color, cuff, and pockets. With that in mind here are a few things to think about when making a purchase:
- Color: This should be your first filter. We are seeing an increase in color requirements from hospitals and other employers. If you need a specific color your options may be severely limited. You can find warm-up jackets in almost any color these days. Unfortunately lab coats come in very few colors. You can find white in a variety of styles. After that there are a select few that are available in navy and occasionally black.
- Cuff (the elastic part at the end of the sleeve): One of the most common complaints we hear about jackets is they have uncomfortable cuffs around the wrists. You can find warm-ups with cuffs that run anywhere from ½ an inch to 3 inches. A lot of times when you purchase a discount brand jacket the first area they cut costs on is in the cuffs. This can result in elastic that is too tight or loose and sometimes a cuff that unravels after a few washes. Try a few jackets on and see what you like. It is very difficult to find a warm-up that has no cuffs on it. Lab coats are almost always cuff free.
- Pockets, pockets, pockets: Anytime I write about any type of medical uniform it always comes back to pockets. Warm ups and jackets tend to be pretty straight forward. There are really only three varieties. They tend to have two front access pockets, two side pockets, or no pockets at all. The front access pockets are the most popular. Lab coats are another story. They have pockets all over the place; interior, exterior and everywhere in between. You really need to figure out what you like and what works for you. One key element that almost everyone likes in a lab coat is side access vents. These are basically slits in the side of the coat that allow you to access your pant pockets without pulling your coat back or taking your coat off. Not every coat has these but it is something I would look for!
Hopefully this helps get you started and gives you a few things to think about. If you ever have specific questions you can always feel free to drop us a note!