By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
I read a report today in the New York Times about the number of annual deaths that result from doctors wearing ties or germ infected lab coats. The articles author referred to an incident with her brother where as a doctor actually said to the author that her brother may have become ill by simply having his tie brush up against the patient. The article also said that perhaps 100,000 deaths per year in hospitals and clinics in the U.S. are a result of infected clothing worn by medical professionals.
The British have all ready asked many of their doctors not to wear ties in order to prevent the tie from flying out of the doctors lab coat and brushing up against patients. Is this enough? Imagine the number of microbes that are on the lab coat itself. The list could run on and on from HIV to MRSA to the common cold.
With the technology that exists today these outbreaks could be cut dramatically. There is a product line out there called Vestex™ that contains a nano-acrylic copolymer dispersion that makes garments naturally self-cleaning. Fluids literally bead up and fall off the garment and a quaternary disinfectant that kills germs after a very short time period as opposed to 12-24 hour incubation.
For just a few dollars more just imagine how it could save the U.S. medical budget along with many lives. The technology is there, let’s use it!