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Your Doctor's Lab Coat Is Likely Contaminated

Research shows that when physicians use long-sleeved white coats, they may become agents transmitting multidrug-resistant organisms. In one study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, a cross-sectional survey of bacterial contamination of medical students' coats was done on four different areas of the coat — collar, pocket, side and lapel.  The students reported most had washed their coat within the past two weeks, yet the researchers found the sides of coats were highly contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococci and gram-negative nonfermenters.  Read more...



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