By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
Medical Uniforms can act as reservoir of infections with areas around cuffs and pockets the most contaminated. Investigators from the Public University of Navarra, the University of Vavarra Clinic, and the University of Vavarra Clinic in Pamplona, Spain, compared the contamination levels as well as measured the influence of the number of shifts as uniform was used in its contamination.
They collected microbiological cultures from 88 nurses in which they found a positive correlation between the number of days and microbiological count. (44.36 cfu/cm vs. 65.20 cfu) A drastic difference!
The differences were found when nurses wore their uniforms for more than 2 shifts. Hospitals need to provide healthcare workers with enough uniforms to last more than 2 shifts so they do not spread germs throughout the hospitals from their medical uniforms.
Their research was presented at the International Conference on Prevention & Infection Control (ICPIC) held in Geneva, Switzerland June 29-July 2, 2011.
There is technology available now in medical uniforms that can prevent this – they are self cleaning and repel all fluids including blood. These medical uniforms contain fluid barrier, antimicrobial and comfort properties that may provide a solution to the emerging issues associated with high rates of hospital infections from clothing.