One of the top reasons many people
watch the Golden Globes, Academy
Awards, and other award shows that
feature popular icons is to see the
newest fashions they are sporting.
Sometimes it’s controversial, which
can make it more entertaining to
Fashion controversy has always
been present in popular society.
From Madonna in the 1980s to Lady
Gaga and Miley Cyrus in recent
years. There seems to be something
every year that has the majority of
You probably even wore
something in high school that was
a trend at the time that you might
consider to be embarrassing if you
wore it today. Or if enough time has
passed, it may have come back in
When I was in high school,
flannels became popular because
of the grunge music movement. I
noticed in recent years it has made
a comeback among youth fashion.
However, one of the advantages
of living in Michigan is that flannels
never go out style due to our cold
Rules have changed over the
years, and some things that were
allowed in the past might be viewed
as too controversial today.
You don’t need to go back to high
school or walk the red carpet to get
caught up in controversy, you may
even experience it in your job every
day. In fact, in the healthcare field, it
seems to be ongoing.
According to ASC Becker, the
American College of Surgeons
(ACS) also has its own updates
on what to wear in the OR based
on "professionalism, common
sense, decorum, and the available
"The skullcap is symbolic of the
surgical profession,” ACS stated
in its new guidelines. The specific
updates pertaining to hats were as
• During invasive procedures, the
mouth, nose, and hair (skull and
face) should be covered to avoid
potential wound contamination.
Large sideburns and ponytails
should be covered or contained.
There is no evidence that leaving
ears, a limited amount of hair on
the nape of the neck, or a modest
sideburn uncovered contributes
to wound infections.
• Soiled scrubs and/or hats should
be changed as soon as feasible
and certainly prior to speaking
with family members after a
• Scrubs and hats worn during
dirty or contaminated cases
should be changed prior to
subsequent cases even if not
Furthermore, the Association
of Surgical Technologists (AST)
guidelines recommend against
the use of surgeons (skull) caps/
headcovers. They determined that
the surgeons scrub hats do not
completely cover the hair, exposing
the patient to the possibility of
By Matt Smith, Marketing Manager, Healthmark Industries
Rules about OR attire need not diminish personal expression.
There has been much controversy
surrounding the use of reusable
scrub hats in surgery. AORN
Guidelines recommend that scrub
hats cover the head, ears, and the
nape of the neck.
Further, all attire worn in the
OR should be controlled by
the healthcare facility, including
laundering of reusable attire. This
includes scrub hats, although
many professionals enjoy their own
customized version of the headwear.
Therefore, owners of scrub hats
(often surgeons) have fought this
policy. They don’t want to be limited
to disposable bouffant hats, but
no other option will allow for a
customized style to their preference.