Pettis acknowledged that "the fewer things we take from patient to patient, the better. And we're always taught that if you're doing an invasive procedure and you have a tie on, for heaven's sake tuck it into your shirt. The same thing for long hair. Pull it back so hair does not get into the wound. And don't come to work with a ton of jewelry on."
Policy makers should focus their efforts on interventions that do a lot more to protect patients. If someone wants to pass legislation for healthcare settings, "Maybe mandating a flu shot for healthcare workers would be a much better way to go," she said.