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Infection control turns from hands to clothes

New York Times, September 23, 2008

Amid growing concerns about hospital infections and a rise in drug-resistant bacteria, the attire of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers is getting more attention. While infection control experts have published extensive research on the benefits of hand washing and equipment sterilization in hospitals, little is known about the role that ties, white coats, long sleeves and soiled scrubs play in the spread of bacteria.