Why Doctors Use Green or Blue Clothes During the Surgery?


Have you ever wondered why doctors wear either green or blue overalls in the operating room but never another ones? It turns out that this seemingly insignificant practice can determine the success of a surgical operation. We know white is for cleanliness. Expect at the time of surgery doctors use to wear green or either blue color dress. Do you why?

Why doctors wear green in operation Theatre

Then in the early 20th century, one influential doctor switched to green because he thought it would be easier on a surgeon’s eyes, according to an article in a 1998 issue of Today’s Surgical Nurse. Although it is hard to confirm whether green scrubs became popular for this reason, green may be especially well-suited to help doctors see better in the operating room because it is the opposite of red on the color wheel.

Green could help physicians see better for two reasons:

  1. If we look at blue or green color can refresh doctors vision from the red things, such as organs and blood of patients during surgery. That’s because the brain interprets colors relative to other colors, if the surgeon looking at something red or pink, it will be familiar with these colors so that vision impaired. Red signal in the brain will fade. It can be difficult for doctors to see organs and tissues of the human body. Meanwhile, if the doctor saw something green or blue from time to time, he can make his eyes more sensitive to variations in the color red.
  2. As the doctors vision continuously focused on the red colored patient’s organ, where the red color can cause green colored optical illusion on the white colored surface and certainly can be annoying. This optical illusion appears when doctors shifted their gaze from the red colored body tissue to something white. Green colored optical illusion of the patient’s internal organs will appear on the white colored background. This optical illusion occurs because white color has all the spectrum of colors, including green and red color. However, if the doctor saw the green or blue colored clothes and not white, the illusion that interfere would be the right blending with the color of clothes and not be a distraction.