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In Britain, doctors banned from wearing white coats

September 18 2007

Since the beginning of next year, British hospitals will operate the new dress code. In the fight against HAI staff banned from wearing clothes with long sleeves, including the traditional white gowns.

In addition to coats, shirts and blouses with long sleeves, under a ban would be watches, rings, bracelets, and neckties, said Health Minister Alan Johnson of Great Britain. The ban stems from the fact that all these items, as well as cuff arms most frequently contaminated with dangerous pathogens, particularly methicillin-resistant staphylococcus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile.

Also in the locker room doctors will have new clothes, a protective function, in particular a plastic apron, according to the British Ministry of Health.

In addition to changing the dress code of medical personnel will also be used, and other measures to control nosocomial infections. In particular, patients infected with C.difficile or MRSA, would be isolated from other patients. Nurses and matron four times a year will report directly to hospital management about the ongoing sanitary-hygienic measures and their effectiveness.

Enhanced measures to combat the spread of infection were taken after it became known that Britain has one of the first places in Europe, the frequency of infections of drug-resistant microbes. According to statistics, the victims of nosocomial infections each year are more than 5 thousand Britons. Reports

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