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Doctors' uniforms 'contain dangerous bacteria'

Wednesday 31st August 2011
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    The hospital uniforms of doctors and nurses often contain dangerous bacteria, according to a new study.

    Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control found that more than 60 per cent of hospital doctors and nurses' uniforms tested positive for a potentially hazardous bacteria.

    Authors noted that while the uniforms themselves may not pose a direct risk of disease transmission, results show that there are a number of antibiotic resistant strains close to hospital patients.

    Russell Olmsted, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, said: "It is important to put these study results into perspective.

    "Any clothing that is worn by humans will become contaminated with microorganisms. The cornerstone of infection prevention remains the use of hand hygiene to prevent the movement of microbes from these surfaces to patients."

    Meanwhile, higher hand hygiene knowledge was seen to reduce the risk of infection among healthcare workers in another study published in the journal.

    Posted by Martin Lambert

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