One size does not fit all

The fact is very few professions exist where males and females are required to wear unisex clothing. And like professional sports apparel, the design of hospital scrubs can affect job performance. After interviewing numerous hospital workers and shadowing them during rounds, we knew our solution would need to fit a wide range of body types as well as a very demanding work environment. In fact, addressing the neglected needs of female hospital professionals turned out to be our most important design opportunity.

Red Dot Product Design Award

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Improving on-the-job performance

Some distinguishing features of the Endura scrubs design: collars that don’t blouse open (undergarments are not permitted to be worn in an OR), a kimono sleeve that allows a maximum range of movement while keeping the shirt tucked into pants, waistline and rise that adjust for bodies of both sexes, and a unique snap system along the hem that customizes the leg length.

Another important consideration was the product lifecycle. The scrubs are constructed of a material that’s breathable, flexible and helps control heat index and perspiration. But more than that, they are easier and cheaper to launder. The fabric dries quickly, resists tears and abrasions, loses less lint and can be washed at cooler temperatures. In this case, a higher quality product required less energy to maintain, resulting in a greener solution overall.

A worthy business investment

Within Cardinal Health, the Endura scrubs project served as a commercially viable example of design creating differentiation from competitors. It was also a model for other departments to seek out high-impact, low-investment opportunities that can play a key role in Cardinal’s future. We were proud that the project was embraced by both the design and healthcare industries, winning a Red Dot Design Award and an Excellence in Surgical Products Award.

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