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Dirty Scrubs as Deadly Weapons?

Posted Dec 28 2009 4:49pm

This article was scary to read.  Hospital Scrubs Deadly Mess

So maybe they aren’t weapons, but they can cause infections.

Can the answer be as simple as having the hospital wash scrubs?

Until about 20 years ago, nearly all hospitals laundered scrubs for their staff. A few hospitals are returning to that policy. St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Mo., reduced infections after cesarean births by more than 50% by giving all caregivers hospital-laundered scrubs, as well as requiring them to wear two layers of gloves.

Seems like an easy answer to me.  To my nurse readers out there, what do you think?

This also shows why for low risk moms homebirth could be safer.  Less exposure to germs.  I know as a doula I always jump in the shower and put on CLEAN clothes before heading to a birth.  I don’t want to bring any of my house germs to a birth.

On a similar note, Should Hospitals Ban Neckties?

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