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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Nurses’ Scrubs Carry Bacteria Through Hospitals, Study Says



BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Hospitals are known for their strict rules on cleanliness and sterile environments. A new report is shining a troubling light on one source of contamination inside medical facilities: the nurses and their scrubs.

Researchers at Duke University Hospital say that they studied the amount of bacterial contamination on nurses’ clothing during their work shifts. Of the 40 nurses the study followed, new bacteria was found on their scrubs 19 times out of 120 shifts tested.

“There is no such thing as a sterile environment,” said lead author Dr. Deverick Anderson. “Bacteria and pathogens will always be in the environment. Hospitals need to create and use protocols for improved cleaning of the healthcare environment,” the director of the Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention added.

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21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course scrubs carry germs on them, test any surface that comes in contact with a contaminated surface/subject and you will see that.

Anonymous said...

Also the nurses wear them into the hospital from home. Who knows what is in your car, in air coming in your car windows, or that kid that sneezed on you in Walmart.

Anonymous said...

That's why disposable gowns are needed anywhere in the hospital

Anonymous said...

Most hospitals have a system where the nurse scans their ID and clean scrubs are dispensed to them to prevent them bringing anything from home.

Anonymous said...

This was known in 1880.

Anonymous said...

And they wear them outside the hospital and around town. Need vending machine sort of approach like Europe to make sure clean ones are readily available and prohibit them from being worn to the market, school, etc. The carry contaminants into and out of the hospital.

Anonymous said...

You ought to check their shoes!

Anonymous said...

no offense, but being exposed to some bacteria is a good thing. part of the reason so many people are sick all the time is because of the germaphobia. depending on what area they work in, it may not be a bad thing.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Of course scrubs carry germs on them, test any surface that comes in contact with a contaminated surface/subject and you will see that.

September 6, 2017 at 2:51 PM

Why would you let any part of your body or clothing come in contact with a contaminated surface, other than the bottom of your shoes.

Anonymous said...

Really 358. Everyone comes in contact with contaminated surfaces all day long. Doors, grocery carts, gas pumps etc. Everything you touch is contaminated in some way.

Anonymous said...

The disposable garment industry will take note of this and demand they get into every hospital and nursing home, raising the costs of healthcare for everyone.

Anonymous said...

4:21 PM - not to mention the patients!

Anonymous said...

Europe sucks. Europe healthcare sucks.

Anonymous said...

They left out all the others who wear scrubs, the doctors, respiratory therapists, phlebotomy teams, etc., etc., including the cleaning staff, who carry the critters from room to room on schedule.

Anonymous said...


7:04 is accurate. Anyone and anything in the care continuum can be a source of infection, depending on the susceptibility of the patient and the particular germ.

Tough problem to solve.

Anonymous said...

Scrubs are not the only problem. While in the hospital I asked for my water container be filled when the nurse had a chance. She did only after emptying a bed pan and didn't wash her hands. She never gave it a thought. Wasn't done on purpose. PS wasn't peninsula but that wouldn't surprise me.

Anonymous said...

a nurse wore scrubs more than once to work because she was too lazy to wash and too cheap to purchase new. I'm sure that happens.

Anonymous said...

The worse thing is getting a hot nurse she walks in and that very moment you wished you excerciced, ate healthy and trimmed.

Anonymous said...

Everything you touch has germs, doesn't matter if you are in the hospital, at a restaurant, store, home, park, beach, they all have germs!

Anonymous said...

This wouldn't be a concern if hospitals were clean and if people actually cleaned everything other than just the floor... But instead of doing that, lets just blame nurses... After all there are doctors who work at hospitals too, so I guess they are special and don;t have bacteria on them as they walk through he hospital...

Anonymous said...

Uniforms need to be bleached, the environmentally conscience people are putting lives at risk. Bleach should be used to clean and wash hospitals.Keep a couple rooms for people with allergic or breathing issues.But bleach should be used on scrubs that's why nurses always wore white as well as doctors.Rooms should be also scrubbed and cleaned with bleach.