New Dress Code for Healthcare Workers to Prevent Germ Contamination

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New dress code guidelines for hospital employees might be one way to help prevent cross contamination and infection between patients.

New dress code guidelines for hospital employees might be one way to help prevent cross contamination and infection between patients.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America released the recommended guidelines after analyzing the results of several studies on how hospital employees clothes can carry dangerous germs and bacteria.

The dress code calls for white lab coats that are cleaned at least once a week, short sleeves, bare arms and close toed, non slip shoes.

The guidelines further suggest that neck ties, watches, or rings can carry germs and shouldn’t be worn by hospital employees.

One study from 2011 found that over 60 percent of health care employee uniforms tested positive for pathogens including dangerous drug resistant bacteria.

The report from is quoted as saying: “Overall, patients express preferences for certain types of attire, with most surveys indicating a preference for formal attire, including a preference for a white coat.”

Although there hasn’t been a direct correlation made between the germs on the clothes of hospital employees and the spread of any disease, the awareness of a possible link has increased.

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