Just about every profession in the world has certain uniforms that go along with them. After all, everyone has to wear something. For example, many people in the restaurant business have to wear uniforms or at least shirts with the company logo. Construction professionals have hard hats and work boots. Even in the white collar world, casual business attire or suit and tie are the official uniform of the day. In the medical profession, nothing says doctor or nurse quite the cotton lab coats. Of course, it isn’t just doctors and nurses who wear these versatile coats. Lab techs, pharmacists, and even nursing assistants can find a use for lab coats. Let’s take a closer look at the uses and advantages to choosing cotton lab coats.
At the beginning of your career, it was probably fun to don a lab coat for the first time. It marked you as a professional and someone who knew what they were doing. In addition to setting the medical professional apart, cotton lab coats actually serve more important functions. The biggest reasons lab coats of any kind are worn is for protection. The medical profession isn’t a clean one. People have rather messy bodily functions even when they can’t help it. It’s imperative for the medical professional to keep themselves safe from possible contaminants, even in the clinical environment. Any cotton lab coat you buy must be able to absorb or prevent chemical or human fluid from coming into contact with your skin. At the very minimum, the cotton lab coat should be able to give you time to get it off before the hazardous material touches you. Cotton lab coats also serve the function of ensuring that tiny particles of dust, aerosols, and potentially even radiological materials stay away from your skin.
Another major purpose of the cotton lab coat is to protect the wearer from fire. Believe it or not, especially in a lab, flash fires do happen. Just like in the case of the fluid hazard, a good lab coat is going to be able to give the medical professional enough time to get the coat off before serious burns occur.
Lab coats are available in more than just 100% cotton, but many medical professionals choose this material for lots of good reasons. Pure cotton is very durable and lightweight. That adds up to a lab coat that is comfortable to wear and going to last longer than a month or so. All good cotton lab coats are treated with special solvents to be flame retardant. While cotton will burn when exposed to acids, it is considered to be very resistant to organic solvents.
It’s important to remember that you can’t just take your cotton lab coat home and throw it in the washing machine. In order to protect your other clothes items and ensure that the lab coat isn’t carrying any harmful organisms back to the office or hospital, your lab coat has to be cleaned in a hospital laundry facility. These places have the equipment and cleaning agents necessary to ensure a high level of safety and cleanliness.
MSEC remains dedicated to stocking the very best and the very latest in medical supplies and equipment. We never cease to be on the lookout for the latest innovation that will benefit both our many clients and the patients they dedicate their lives to caring for. If you have any difficulty finding your choices in our vast inventory, call our customer service at 1-877-706-4480 to speed up your order or to make a special request. We are always happy to help you.