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Inclusive sizing in healthcare uniforms: A detailed guide

sizing in healthcare uniforms

Following on from our previous article which focused on the importance of properly fitted scrub suits we wanted to highlight the significance of choosing medical scrubs and uniforms that fit those in the healthcare profession well.

In the healthcare sector, every professional is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all backgrounds and occupations. However, this commitment to inclusivity and respect should extend beyond patient care and into healthcare workers’ uniforms. We strongly believe that inclusivity must start with donning the uniform that each healthcare professional wears daily.

Inclusive sizing in healthcare uniforms is not merely a matter of comfort, but also one of dignity, safety, and overall workplace efficiency. We wanted to focus on why inclusive sizing is crucial and how it can be implemented effectively in healthcare settings. Some of our main reasons are listed below:

 

Why inclusive sizing matters

 

  1. Comfort and mobility

Healthcare workers endure long shifts that require constant movement, bending, and lifting. Uniforms that fit well allow for greater freedom of movement and comfort, reducing the risk of strain and injury. Poorly fitting uniforms, whether too tight or too loose, can hinder mobility and lead to discomfort or even accidents.

  1. Professionalism and wearer confidence

Uniforms that fit properly help healthcare professionals feel confident and maintain a professional appearance. This confidence can translate into better interactions with patients and colleagues, fostering a positive work environment. Conversely, ill-fitting uniforms can make workers self-conscious and distract them from their duties.

  1. Inclusivity and respect

Offering a range of sizes that accommodate all body types sends a clear message of inclusivity and respect. It acknowledges that healthcare workers come in diverse shapes and sizes and that everyone deserves to feel comfortable and valued in their workplace. This respect for individuality can boost morale and job satisfaction.

  1. Safety and hygiene

Uniforms that are too tight can restrict movement and circulation, while those that are too loose can become caught on equipment or pose tripping hazards. Properly fitting uniforms are also more effective in maintaining hygiene, as they are less likely to expose skin or shift out of place during patient care activities.

Implementing inclusive sizing in healthcare uniforms

 

  1. Conduct needs assessments

We recommend starting the transition by assessing the sizing needs of your healthcare staff. Surveys, focus groups, and individual feedback sessions can provide valuable insights into the current fit issues and preferences. Understanding the diversity of body types within your team is essential for selecting the right range of sizes.

  1. Partner with inclusive suppliers

Choose uniform suppliers who offer a wide range of sizes, including options for petite, tall, plus-size, and individuals with disabilities. Suppliers who prioritize inclusivity in their product lines are more likely to provide uniforms that meet the varied needs of your staff.

  1. Offer customization options

As touched upon in our previous article based on personalising your scrubs where possible, provide options for custom tailoring or adjustable features such as elastic waistbands, adjustable hems, and stretch fabrics. This allows each staff member to find the perfect fit for their unique body shape.

  1. Regular fit reviews

Conduct regular reviews and fittings to ensure uniforms continue to meet the needs of your staff. Body shapes and sizes can change over time, and periodic assessments help maintain a high standard of comfort and fit.

  1. Inclusive design features

Consider design features that enhance inclusivity, such as:

Gender-neutral designs: Uniforms that suit all genders equally.

Adaptive clothing: Options that cater to staff with disabilities or mobility issues.

Temperature control: Fabrics that are breathable and adaptable to various climates.

  1. Education and awareness

Educate your staff about the importance of proper uniform fit and encourage them to speak up about their needs. Creating an environment where staff feel comfortable discussing uniform issues can lead to better outcomes and higher satisfaction.

  1. Feedback loops

Establish a system for ongoing feedback regarding uniform fit and comfort. Regularly solicit input from your team and be responsive to their concerns. This continuous improvement approach ensures that the uniforms evolve to meet changing needs.

Inclusive sizing in healthcare uniforms is more than a logistical consideration—it’s a commitment to the well-being, dignity, and efficiency of healthcare professionals. By ensuring that uniforms fit all body types comfortably, healthcare facilities can enhance the professionalism, confidence, and safety of their staff. Implementing inclusive sizing requires thoughtful assessment, the right partnerships, and a willingness to adapt based on feedback, but the benefits to staff morale and patient care are well worth the effort. As the healthcare industry continues to champion inclusivity and respect, extending these values to uniforms is a vital step forward.

 

Inclusive sizing at Harveys Workwear

At Harveys, we continually look for innovative, inclusive ways to ensure every healthcare professional wears our garments with confidence and comfort. This has always been our passion and will long continue to be. Due to our commitment, we look forward to helping all professions in ensuring the perfect scrub uniform for your team. Feel free to contact us today, either through our website, email or by calling one of our friendly team on 0161 624 9535.

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