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Sep062011

Study Finds Hospital Uniforms Teeming with Germs 

George Doyle/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- We like to think of hospitals as sterile environments. But even there -- it turns out dangerous bacteria are where you may least expect them.
 
Disease-causing bacteria are lurking in the folds of hospital uniforms, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The study found that 63 percent of doctors' coats and nurses' uniforms at Hebrew University's Medical Center in Jerusalem tested positive for pathogenic bacteria.  
 
These findings proved true even though most participants said they changed their uniforms every day.  
 
The authors caution they don't know how often germs may have been transferred from the tainted clothing to patients. Even so, they call for daily uniform changes, proper laundering, plastic aprons when bodily fluids may be spread and strict hygiene for hands.
 
They also suggest wearing short-sleeve coats and even having doctors dispense entirely with their white coats to reduce the risk of spreading disease.
 
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