Scrubs aiding the spread of germs
Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30
Thousands of patients in Ireland end up getting sicker in hospital every year because they pick up an infection.
Infection control is a constant battle for busy hospitals, but new research says 'scrubs' of intensive care unit (ICU) nurses often pick up disease-causing germs, including those resistant to antibiotics.
It's part of the growing knowledge about the spread of germs.
The bad germs spread from patients to the nurses' uniforms - usually the sleeves and pockets - and objects around the room, most often to bed railings, the American researchers found.
They said the study is a good wake-up call for health care personnel who must be extremely mindful of how contaminated their workplace can be.
Any type of patient care, or even just entry into a room where care is provided, should be considered a chance for interacting with organisms that can cause disease, they added. The study included 40 intensive care unit nurses.
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