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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