Time to Hang Up the White Coat? Epidemiologists Suggest Ways to Prevent Clothing From Spreading Infection

Kuehn, Bridget M.
February 2014
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;2/26/2014, Vol. 311 Issue 8, p786
Academic Journal
The article deals with the suggestion by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to hang up their white coats or to take other steps to prevent the spread of infection via clothing. The voluntary guideline for health care workers were issued by SHEA to minimize the potential spread of pathogens from their clothing to patients. Other recommendations include cleaning of stethoscopes, badges or other items before seeing the next patient and use of closed-toe, nonslip shoes.


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