Why surgeons don't wear white coats: you'll never guess why they wear green or blue uniforms

By SSPDailyMar 16, 2024 12:38 PMPersonal Development
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Why surgeons don't wear white coats. Source: www.aamc.org

As you know, healthcare workers wear white coats. This color is a symbol of cleanliness, sterility and hygiene. However, not all medical personnel wear white coats. For example, the uniforms of anesthesia and surgical teams in operating rooms have long been green or blue. Why are they so different from others? SSPDaily tells about it.

At first, these teams, like other medical staff, wore white coats. Such clothes could be bleached very easily with bleach. So it seemed like a very practical solution.

But in the second half of the 20th century, doctors in operating rooms began to gradually switch to green or blue uniforms. It turns out that there is a reason for this.

If a healthcare worker sharply turns his or her gaze from the dark color of the patient's blood to the white coat of a colleague during an operation, it can blind them for a moment. But green or blue colors do not cause such an effect. That's because they are the opposite of red in the color spectrum, and therefore are better suited for surgery.

That is, the shape of the green or blue color helps to stimulate the vigilance of surgeons' eyes, making them more susceptible to the red tint of blood, reducing the likelihood of a mistake during surgery. This factor is very important for surgeons and anesthesiologists in operating rooms.

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