Cardinal Health scrubs consider performance, and unlike traditional hospital scrubs, consider female as well as male bodies.






Hospital scrubs are worn but virtually all hospital staff, the great majority of which are female. Yet most scrubs are patterned to fit male bodies. Differences, as you may guess, are many. While the opportunity to correct this situation presented itself, hospitals are extremely cost conscious. How can we turn scrubs into performance clothing without significantly increasing costs? By considering the entire lifecycle. The cardinal Health scrubs wash at lower temperatures, dry faster, and last longer. And by taking cues from the worlds of fashion and sports clothing, they easily outperform traditional scrubs.


To design unisex scrubs, we needed to consider the female body, and complaints that females have with traditional scrubs. The resulting design offers lots of benefits. The cuffs of the legs can be snapped to adjust length – no more tripping on overly long pants. The waist rolls and tucks, because the rise (the distance from the crotch to the belt line) is significantly smaller for females than males. The kimono-pattern sleeves allow free arm movement. The neckline is controlled so that the scrubs don’t embarrassingly blouse open. Angled pockets keep things secure, even when sitting.  And mesh fabric is place appropriately to keep bodies ventilated.

With the Cardinal Scrubs we were able to accommodate the needs of females without sacrifices to males.



Cardinal Health Scrubs represents the first significant innovation in surgical scrubs since the 1960s. The line received a Red Dot Product Design award, honoring the best in product design for innovation, functionality and durability.

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Collective members: Whitney Hopkins, Dan Formosa, while at Smart Design