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Things You Need to Know Before Buying Scrub Pants

By Zaf Udin 10/05/2013 Google+

Having the right kind of scrubs uniforms particularly scrub pants is very important especially if you are required to push, pull, and lift objects or patients on a daily basis. An ideal pair of scrub pants for such tasks should be comfortable, durable, and allows you to move with great ease. Perfect fitting is also another important thing you have to consider. So how will you know that you are really getting a pair of pants that provides the best fit? Below are some important things you need to know before making a purchase.

Waist and Inseam
It is important to know your waist measure to ensure proper fit while inseam measurement ensures exact length. To get these two measurements, you need to use a cloth tape measure and one of your best-fitting scrub pants
- For waist: Measure the waistband of the pants from the inside. Or you can just measure around your exposed waist where your pants waistband rests.
- For inseam: Measure from top of the inner pant leg seam (crotch) to the opening at the bottom of the pant leg.
(For accurate measurements, make sure your scrubs pants are laid out flat on the table and buttoned or zipped completely.)


The rise is the measurement from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband. It also determines how comfortable your work pants are when you wear them

- Low-rise: The pants sit on or below your hips. They are a few inches below your belly button.
- Mid-rise: The pants sit at the hips or a bit above. The front rise is around 8-12" so they are much closer to your belly button.
- High-rise: The pants sits at your true waist and hits or completely covering your belly button.


Your scrub pants leg cut refers to its actual shape. Pants leg cuts are usually classified as straight, flared, boot, tapered, and relaxed. Make sure you know which of these different pant cuts flatter your unique body shape

- Straight cut has a narrow leg but does not flare at the ankle. - Flared cut is narrow at the knee and is extra-wide from the calf to ankle. - Boot cut skims over the thigh and is slightly flare at the lower leg. - Tapered cut is narrow toward the ankle. - Relaxed fit are pants that are relaxed and full from hip to ankle.

While ordinary pants are sized according to waist and inseam measurements, most scrubs uniforms are alpha-labelled (XS to XL). Some nursing work pants are also sized as petite, regular, and tall. So another way to ensure you get nursing scrub pants that fit perfectly is to check the product sizing guide of every brand.

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