Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Why your doctor’s white coat can be a threat to your health
Doctors and patients prefer the white coat, viewing it as a defining symbol of the profession.
What many might not realise, though, is that health care workers’ attire - including that seemingly “clean” white coat that many prefer - can harbour dangerous bacteria and pathogens.
It is not just white coats that can be problematic. The review also found that stethoscopes, phones and tablets can be contaminated with harmful bacteria.
One study of orthopedic surgeons showed a 45% match between the species of bacteria found on their ties and in the wounds of patients they had treated. Nurses' uniforms have also been found to be contaminated.