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Doctor white coats...a thing of the past?

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We may see Doctor's shed their white coats, all in the name of "germ-control". 

The recommendations come from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiologist of America.  This group focuses on infection control.  It's suggesting American Docs follow the lead of English Docs and adopt a "bare below the elbow" approach.  

Dr. Joan Dugan, Infection Control Specialist from UTMC says "Doctors cannot wear anything that has any clothing below the elbows.  No jewelry except a plain band. No wrist watches anything that would impede their ability to get to a sink and very quickly and thoroughly wash their hands." 

This keeps the white coats, but requires doctors to roll up their selves.   Dugan cautions that the white coats have protective qualities as well, "They stop us from taking organisms pathogens into the community as well when we take off the white coat." 

UTMC Cardiologist Dr. Christopher Cooper says "I think the balance right now is trying to meet the patients expectation of what a professional physicians looks like, against what the real or potential risk is for them.". 

 

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