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Clinicians' Clothing Found to Carry Pathogens

Researchers are resurrecting concerns and debate over whether doctors' and nurses' uniforms and lab coats increase the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

2 comments on "Clinicians' Clothing Found to Carry Pathogens"
Mary K (9/1/2011 at 9:17 PM)

If provider lab coats and scrubs are contaminated in the hospital laundry, what about the gowns patients wear? Ewww.
Lorrie Anderson (9/1/2011 at 12:29 PM)

But as Tom Walsh, MD, director of Cornell University's transplant-oncology ID program suggests: "Does that mean we abandon white coats? No, whatever garment we're wearing will be colonized." Dr. Walsh is researching a solution to the problem called VTT003 or Vestex. Details are in the August issue of the ACP Hospitalist where they describe "The white coat of the future."