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Scrubs aiding the spread of germs

Published 08/11/2016 | 02:30

Scrubs are aiding the spread of germs
Scrubs are aiding the spread of germs

Thousands of patients in Ireland end up getting sicker in hospital every year because they pick up an infection.

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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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