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Bacterial counts from hospital doctors' ties are higher than those from shirts

Lopez, PJ; Ron, O; Parthasarathy, P; Soothill, J; Spitz, L; (2009) Bacterial counts from hospital doctors' ties are higher than those from shirts. Am J Infect Control , 37 (1) 79 - 80.

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Abstract

Doctor ties are often contaminated with bacteria, and it has been suggested that they should not be worn. We have compared bacterial counts from the ties and shirt pockets of 50 doctors. Counts were higher (P = .002) from ties that were rarely, if ever, cleaned than from shirts that were washed every 2 days or more frequently. The results support the need for further research on unwashable clothing of hospital staff

Type:Article
Title:Bacterial counts from hospital doctors' ties are higher than those from shirts
Additional information:DA - 20090127IS - 1527-3296 (Electronic)LA - engPT - Journal ArticleSB - IM
Keywords:article, Child, Clothing, Colony Count, Microbial, Environmental Microbiology, health, Health Personnel, Hospitals, Humans, isolation & purification, Research, Staphylococcus aureus, surgery, United Kingdom
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Child Health

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