Monday, September 5, 2011

Hospital uniforms and superbugs

This is a familiar story. Research has shown that superbugs live on pet therapy animals, gowns, hospital curtains, and thrive in institutions. Patients must be proactive, demand that staff wash their hands, be mindful of the risks in institutions.

Hospital Uniforms Teeming With Germs, Study Finds CME 
More than 60% of physicians’ coats and nurses’ uniforms sampled in a major Israeli hospital tested positive for disease-causing bacteria including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, researchers said.full story


Primary source: American Journal of Infection Control

Source reference:

Nursing and physician attire as possible source of nosocomial infections
September 2011 (Vol. 39 | No. 7 | Pages 555-559)
Yonit Wiener-Well, Margalit Galuty, Bernard Rudensky, Yechiel Schlesinger, Denise Attias, Amos M. Yinnon

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