Scrubs’ Bacteria May Transmit MRSA To Patients

by Staff | September 5th, 2011

Hospital uniforms worn by doctors and staff tested positive for germs that can cause drug-resistant MRSA and pneumonia according to a study of hospital clothing published in the American Journal of Infection Control.   In the study, half of the clothing tested found one or more types of germs, and 11 percent of those bugs were found to be resistant to front line antibiotics. The study suggests that the nurses’ or doctors’ clothing may be a method of transmitting bacteria to a patient.

It appears as if hand washing also continues to be a problem in hospitals. It is widely acknowledged that one-third to one-half of all health care workers fail to follow proper hand washing practices. So before a medical care provider touches you, insist on hand washing.

Authored by Attorny Ellen M. McCarthy