The first time I saw a thermostat in a dental office in a lock box, I was shocked. After practicing hygiene for seven years, the “temperature war” in offices proves to be a common problem. Some team members are freezing and have space heaters, while some are feeling drops of sweat run down their back. Fear of overheating leaves the clinician compromising their own safety by removing protective lab coats or sleeves.
Debora Carrier, RDH, has created a solution with her temperature-regulating fabrics that are offered in the Twice as Nice Uniforms.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) was designed to protect the clinician from having infectious material hit their mucous membranes, including eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.~~1The visible spray that is created by ultrasonic scalers and handpieces can put clinicians at risk.~~1 “OSHA mandates that dental health care workers wear gloves, surgical masks, protective eyewear, and protective clothing in specified circumstances to reduce the risk of exposures to bloodborne pathogens.”~~1When a clinician practices without covered arms, they are at risk for dermal absorption, which is dependent on the stratum corneum (outer layer of skin).~~2 The risk of infection and cross contamination increases significantly.
Twice as Nice uniforms are designed with a removable liner that aids in temperature regulation. The liners are made of performance fabrics that are thin and moisture-wicking to prevent a bulky appearance in the scrubs. The fabric is extremely low maintenance, iron-free, fade, and spill-free, all while maintaining its long-term shape. I have experienced the “temperature war” daily while in clinical practice. Sneaking around the doctor to lower the thermostat, which is set on “tropical resort” high or “arctic blast” low, can promote tension in the office.