The History of the White Lab Coat


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The history of the white coat is an interesting testament to uniforms in the workplace. When doctors wear white coats, they often put patients at ease and help to protect patients from further contamination.


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The History of the White Lab Coat:

The History of the White Lab Coat

Doctors Haven’t Always Worn White:

Doctors Haven’t Always Worn White White lab coats have only been around since the late 1800s. Before then, doctors dressed in black due to the solemn work they performed. Before the white lab coat became the norm, lab coats in general were only worn in laboratories.

White Coats and Public Health:

White Coats and Public Health As doctors got a better understanding of how diseases spread, the white lab coat became integral to a doctor’s uniform. White lab coats were used to distinguish doctors from homeopaths to show a commitment to medicine. White was chosen because it is the color of hope, giving patients a reason to trust and have faith in doctors.

The Functions of the Lab Coat:

The Functions of the Lab Coat Lab coats have big pockets, giving doctors enough room to hold prescription pads, pens, and tools. Short-sleeved coats are often preferred by doctors because they reduce the possibility of spreading an infection from one patient to another. The coat and other medical uniforms help people to identify doctors in a hospital setting.

Getting a White Coat:

Getting a White Coat New doctors often receive their coats in a ceremony that introduces them to the world of medicine. The white coat is a symbol to both doctors and patients. Getting the white coat is the way that most doctors start their professional careers in medicine, but not all doctors wear white in their practices.

White Coat Hypertension:

White Coat Hypertension A phenomenon called white coat hypertension has emerged in doctor’s offices around the country. People’s blood pressure readings seem to rise when they are in the presence of a doctor. When readings are taken at home they are normal.

White Coats on the decline:

White Coats on the decline Studies have shown that people actually become anxious when they see a person in a white coat. Many pediatricians don’t wear lab coats or medical uniforms at all because they can scare children. Some doctors prefer scrubs or professional attire to put their patients more at ease.

Different Coats for Different Jobs:

Different Coats for Different Jobs Today, recognizing the staff at a hospital is as easy as knowing which coats people wear. Orderlies tend to wear warm-up jackets. Nursing uniforms often consist of scrubs. Interns and residents at teaching hospitals may wear white or blue, while attending physicians often wear gray.

Lab Coats and Patient Trust:

Lab Coats and Patient Trust While seeing a lab coat can make people nervous, patients still look for people wearing coats when they need immediate help. The lab coat is still a popular choice for medical uniforms throughout the world. Doctors who want to show their patients a certain level of expertise still often wear these coats in hospital and office settings.

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