By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Spreading of Germs by Healthcare Workers
New York State Sen. Jeffrey D. Klein, (D-Bronx, N.Y.) announced earlier this month that the Independent Democratic Conference urged a prohibition on doctors and other healthcare professionals wearing neck ties, jewelry and other items that studies indicate are carriers for potentially deadly hospital-acquired infections. The banning of neckties was much publicized but it also included jewelry and wristwatches.
Further research has shown that neck ties worn by doctors and other medical personal are likely carriers of infection-causing bacteria. Specifically, a 2004 study at Queens Hospital found that 47 percent of the ties worn by medical staff at the hospital harbored illness causing bacteria. The study also noted that ties worn by doctors and other clinical staff were eight times more infectious than security guards ties according to Infection Control Today.
Imagine the doctors ties were 8x more infectious than those worn by security guards?
The lawmakers concluded that fabric can act as a catalyst in transferring bacteria from one person to another, which is why they are proposing a ban on neck ties, jewelry, long-sleeve lab coats or any other loose clothing in hospitals and other medical facilities.
There is the technology available NOW that can greatly reduce the spread of infectious diseases. The new medical uniforms are self-cleaning with fabric that is breathable, antimicrobial and fluid-resistant. 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.
This fabric uses a chemical compound called organosilane, which forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged barrier on the fabric’s surface. When bacteria hit the fabric, it punctures their cell membranes and kills them with an electrical charge.
The cost of this infectious disease between lawsuits, malpractice premiums and cost of treating hard to treat MSRA has skyrocketed in recent years. A patient who contracts MRSA have a hospital stay of twice as long and cost twice as much.
These high technology nursing scrubs could save hospitals and medical facilities a lot of money and prevent the spread of infectious disease.