Category: Garments and Pathogen Transmission
A recent medical study confirmed that NYC healthcare workers are facing unprecedented levels of stress due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The most common source: transmitting the virus to friends and family.
A systematic review of studies found that white coats are frequently contaminated with strains of harmful and sometimes drug-resistant bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections.
The American Journal of Infection control conducted a systematic review of 28 years worth of medical studies focused on bacterial contamination from White Coats and Surgical Scrubs. The review concludes that White Coats are laundered much less frequently than Surgical Scrubs, both are colonized with multi-drug resistant organisms, and laundering practices have a varying degree of efficacy in reducing contamination.
A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Infection control suggests that a large proportion of health care workers' white coats may be contaminated with bacteria known to cause Staph Infections.
In a 2011 study published in the American Journal for Infection Control, Israeli researchers concluded that physician and nursing attire is dirty - meaning that it is covered in those pathogens that cause a majority of Healthcare Associated Infections.
A 2012 study out of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute concludes that White Coats may have a role in transmitting nosocomial pathogenic microorganisms.