Easy Halloween Costumes for People Who Wear Scrubs to Work

Halloween is coming up and your job requires you to wear scrubs. Here are a few simple ways to dress up your everyday scrubs and get in the Halloween spirit!


Black Cat

 What you’ll need:

  • koi cat ears surgical hat
  • koi whiskers face mask
  • koi meow compression socks
  • practice meowing and purring


What you’ll need:

  • witch’s hat
  • broom
  • black cat stuffed animal
  • a mischievous cackle



What you’ll need:

  • mouse ears
  • koi whiskers face mask
  • tail
  • ability to wiggle your nose



What you’ll need:

  • cape
  • long gloves
  • emblem for your chest
  • boots
  • just be yourself, you’re a superhero every day


What you’ll need:

  • a cone for a hat made out of posterboard
  • a crayola logo for your chest
  • face makeup
  • Ability to stand straight and stiff



What you’ll need:

  • gold or silver halo
  • wings
  • an angelic smile


What you’ll need:

  • bunny ears
  • bushy tail
  • carrot (optional)
  • a hoppy disposition
  • the good nature to ask every doctor you pass, “What’s up, doc?”

Of course, you may want to come up with your own costume ideas. Use your imagination. Or maybe you prefer wearing one of koi’s frightfully fun Halloween print tops. Whatever you do, have a happy Halloween!



  • Check with your supervisor to see if dressing up is okay
  • Be creative
  • Have fun
  • Accessorize
  • Get your co-workers involved


  • Wear something super scary (you don’t want to scare your patients!)
  • Wear something inappropriate for the workplace
  • Wear something that will interfere with your ability to do your job
  • Wear something that would be uncomfortable if worn for an extended period of time

7 Things You Can Do to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and koi is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to be part of the cure.

Here are some things you can do to support breast cancer awareness:

1. Donate to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation at bcrf.org

The mission of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. They’re the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the US!


2. Wear a pink ribbon to show your support

Not all pink ribbons are created equal. Get educated at: pinkribbon.org


3. Discuss the importance of regular self exams with friends & loved ones

Women and men should perform a Breast Self Exam at least once a month.


4. Send your letters with the Breast Cancer Research Forever Stamp

Available at your local post office or usps.gov.


5. Volunteer for or join a breast cancer fundraiser, or start your own

Find out how at: https://www.bcrf.org/fundraise


6. Share tips for breast cancer prevention


7. Shop (carefully)

Not all products with a pink ribbon actually benefit breast cancer research. Some have harmful chemicals that actually contribute to breast cancer development, and some companies cap the amount they’ll donate each year.

koi donates $2 from the sale of each BCRF top and $1 per BCRF accessory to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with a $15,000 minimum annual donation.

11 Things Every Nurse Needs


Whether you’re just starting off in your nursing career or want to add some style to your daily rounds, here are some fashionable essentials to add to your arsenal.

(Hint: click on any item name to see our top picks!)

1. A good stethoscope

Never miss a beat and add some color with a koi by ADC stethoscope, in stainless steel or aluminum.

2. A Clipboard

You’ll need one to keep your papers organized and to stay on top of your charts.

3. Pens, pens and more pens!

You can never find one when you need one. So carry a spare… or ten.

4. Medical scissors

Cut through bandages in style with these stainless steel tokidoki charm scissors.

5. A Penlight

Look deep into your patient’s eyes with a precision koi penlight featuring a pocket clip and trendy prints.

6. Badge holder

ID yourself with a tokidoki lanyard + retractable badge reel & charm.

7. Arm warmers

Keep your arms toasty and/or cover up tattoos in stylish arm warmers.

8. Comfortable Shoes

Your mom always told you to wear comfortable shoes. Heed her advice. Our favorites are Sanita clogs.

9. Compression Socks

These are a must if you are on your feet a lot. Plus, koi makes them with an assortment of super cute designs.

10. A Nurses Bag

It’s not just what’s on the inside that counts so consider a fashionable koi nurses bag, utility bag or backpack.

11. Style!

Of course, don’t forget to bring sense of style to work. Could we recommend some koi scrubs?

 See more koi accessories at www.koihappiness.com.

Anti-Microbial Scrubs: Do They Deliver On Their Promise?


The idea of anti-microbial scrubs is awesome right? After all, what healthcare worker wouldn’t want scrubs that could help fight the spread of germs and infection? It’s a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately, the answer is a bit more complicated.

Here are a few questions you should consider before investing in a set of anti-microbial scrubs:

  • Are anti-microbial scrubs effective?

While makers of anti-bacteria scrubs tend to tout the benefits of their products, the jury is still out. As of yet, there isn’t much clinical data on the subject. Some studies suggest they could be effective. Other studies say just the opposite. Complicating matters, different manufacturers use different ingredients or processes to infuse their scrubs with anti-bacterial properties. Some coat their garments with an anti-microbial emulsion. Others infuse their fabric with silver nanoparticles or use their own proprietary methods. So effectiveness may differ based on the anti-bacterial agent and manufacturing process.

One recent clinical study of nurses working in the ICU at Duke University Hospital set out to see if anti-microbial scrubs really made a difference. The study tested two different types of anti-microbial scrubs vs. standard cotton/poly scrubs. The result? The study did not find any significant decrease in clothing contamination when nurses wore anti-microbial scrubs vs. standard scrubs.

  • Are anti-microbial scrubs safe for humans and the environment?

After the pushback against anti-bacteria soaps and lotions and the over-prescription of antibiotics, similar concerns have been raised about anti-microbial clothing. Could they be doing more harm than good? Could they contribute to the rise of “superbugs” that are more resistant than other strains of bacteria?

In terms of the environment, anti-microbial ingredients, such as silver nanoparticles, have been shown to leach into wastewater during repeat washing. The amount of particles released during washing is generally believed to be negligible, but some scientists have expressed concern that the remaining silver will leach out over time when the clothes are discarded in landfills.

  • Are anti-microbial scrubs worth paying a premium for?

The addition of anti-microbial agents can add to the manufacturing costs of the scrubs, which are typically passed along to consumers. Many consumers are willing to pay a premium for this layer of protection. Yet anti-microbial coatings don’t always stand up to repeat washing. So sometimes the potential benefit may be limited to the first few times you wear the garment or as some studies suggest, non-existent.

Today, a number of manufacturers offer anti-microbial scrubs. However, koi isn’t one of them. “Internally, we’ve had numerous discussions about adding anti-microbial agents to our scrubs, and many customers have asked us about them” said koi founder Kathy Peterson. “But we still have concerns about both the effectiveness of anti-microbial scrubs and the potential environment impact. So we’ve made a conscious decision not to offer them at this time.”

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Regardless, there are still plenty of options for consumers who are interested in anti-microbial scrubs. When considering the purchase of these types of scrubs, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. And to do some research so that you can make an informed choice. After all, the decision to buy anti-microbial scrubs may not be as simple as you originally thought.



Nurses’ Scrubs Carry Bad Bacteria
by Liz Highleyman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
October 28, 2016
The Antiseptic Scrub Contamination and Transmission (ASCOT) Trial: a 3-Arm Cluster-Randomized Controlled Crossover Trial to Determine the Impact of Antiseptic-Impregnated Scrubs on Healthcare Worker Contamination
by Deverick Anderson, MD, et al, IDWeek 2016; Abstract 1351
October 28, 2016
Bacterial contamination of healthcare workers’ uniforms: a random controlled trial of antimicrobial scrubs
by M. Burden, MD, et al, Journal of Hospital Medicine
July 2013
Germ-Resistant Clothes: Pick or Pass?
by Leah Zerbe and PREVENTION
March 11, 2012
Antimicrobials in Hospital Furnishings: Do They Help Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections?
by Ted Schettler, MD, MPH
March 2016
The impact of anti-odor clothing on the environment
American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac
March 30, 2016
6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Anti-Bacterial Soaps
by Diane Vukovich, EcoWatch
July 6, 2016

What are the best scrubs brands, and where do you find them?

What are the best scrubs brands, and where do you find them?

Today’s scrub buyer is faced with a multitude of options with brands all touting the latest, greatest, most technologically advanced scrubs. So how do you choose which ones to buy? Whether you’ve just entered the medical world or are looking to freshen up your scrubs collection, we’ve got the answers.

Cherokee Uniforms (cherokeeuniforms.com)

Cherokee Uniforms is one of the largest scrubs manufacturers out there. They produce many collections for any type of need, such as their performance-inspired collection (Luxe Sport) or their solids collection with stretchy fabric (Core Stretch). Cherokee is also the parent company to brands like Careisma and Dickies.

Barco Uniforms (barcouniforms.com)

Barco is best known for their popular Grey’s Anatomy™ collection. This collection, named after the TV show, targets people looking for classic silhouettes with all-day performance and comfort.

WonderWink (wonderwinkscrubs.com)

WonderWink is easily recognized by it’s bright Yellow branding. WonderWink has a youthful appeal and targets the budget-conscious shopper.

Healing Hands (www.healinghandsscrubs.com)

Healing Hands was founded by a former athletic apparel company. They offer on-trend styles, engineered for high performance and durability.

Figs (wearfigs.com)

Figs is a newer brand that launched directly to consumers a few years ago. They make “ridiculously soft” scrubs in minimalist styles. Figs scrubs only come in solid colors and they may offer very limited styles, but for every pair of scrubs sold they give a set to a healthcare provider in need. Their products can only be purchased online.

koi Scrubs (koihappiness.com)

koi is best known for introducing the Lindsey Pant in 2006, which was the first well-fitting, fashionable scrub pant on the market. Since then, koi continues to redefine how men and women wear scrubs with custom-made fabrics, on-trend styles, and eye-catching prints. With more than 8 collections for every need, koi offers athletic-inspired, high-performance scrubs with koi Lite, luxury scrubs like the koi Tech collection, the new ultra-feminine collection Mariposa by koi, and more! koi believes you should never sacrifice style for comfort, and engineers all of their garments to last. koi is one of the only brands that sells direct on their website and in over 1,000 stores internationally.

In the end, we’re so confident you will love our products that we don’t mind giving a plug to some of the other available brands. After all, the best scrubs brand is not necessarily the most popular, the least expensive, or even the most expensive. It’s the one that offers you comfort, confidence, and functionality to make you happiest during your long hours on the job. Pick the scrub set that will let you focus on what you’re doing, not what you’re wearing.