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Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

Posted by Lisa A. Mack, MS, MPH on Jan 19, 2017 9:30:00 AM

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

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We have a choice each day to look powerful, confident, elegant and chic through our clothing. The look we don’t want to present is “germy”; our clothing covered in bacteria. Especially true if we happen to be healthcare workers, or their patients. And even if our contact with patients is quick, it can be a problem.

A new finding from Dr. Deverick Anderson’s research team out of Duke University, showed that nurse’s scrubs are likely covered in pathogens! But wait, nurses care for sick people, that’s why they are in the hospital, but hospitals have hospital acquired infections. Nurses clothing may be covered in pathogens, and nurses go from room to room and interact with different patients and their environment. But what if the patient’s environment hasn’t been cleaned and disinfected properly from the last patient? This is the constant battle that goes on daily in hospitals and requires a holistic approach in terms of infection prevention and control. The most common way that pathogens are transmitted is through contact transmission. Therefore, proper hand hygiene is the best intervention to halt infection. Each pathway is important during an outbreak, as these are the routes that need to be disrupted. The methodology and practicality are a delicate balance to attain.

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