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September 19, 2007

New Dress Code For British Doctors

Filed under: Random — by Mona S. @ 6:45 am

How will this affect female & muslim doctors in Britain? Will they be forced to quit practising eventually?

New Dress Code For British Doctors To Control “Superbug” Infection

September 17, 2007 8:43 p.m. EST

London, England (AHN) – In a bid to control the spread of hospital-borne infections, especially superbug, British hospitals are banishing traditional white coats, neckties, long sleeves and jewelry for doctors.

From January next year, British doctors will replace their white coats with plastic aprons to comply with a new “bare below the elbows” dress code for staff.

The Department of Health said in a statement, “Ties are rarely laundered but worn daily. They perform no beneficial function in patient care and have been shown to be colonized by pathogens.”

Since fake nails, jewelry and watches could harbor germs, they are also out of picture. The new dress code would help prevent the spread of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the deadly bacteria resistant to nearly every available antibiotic.

British government believes that MRSA is spread from patient to patient on the cuffs of doctors’ coats. The new dress codes are intended to make it easier for them to wash their hands between cases.

MRSA or Superbug – hard to kill bacteria accounts for more than 40 percent of hospital-borner blood infections in Britain.

Between January and March this year, there were 1,444 recorded cases of MRSA in England and 15,592 of c.difficile, another type of infection, the independent Health Protection Agency states.

Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary said, “The problem we have identified is many matrons and nurses tell us they are the experts on how to resolve this problem on their wards, but their voice is not heard clearly enough.”

Also, a 2004 study of doctors’ neckties at a New York hospital found nearly half of them carried at least one species of infectious microbe.


1 Comment »

  1. I’m not quite sure I understand how it would affect Muslim and female doctors. Why would they need to quit? Are you referring to headscarves? I’m sure there can be a way around it.

    If you’re referring to the ‘bare below the elbows’ point, I would say in this particular setting, the threat of MRSA is a greater concern.

    Comment by mummyjaan — September 23, 2007 @ 9:20 am |Reply

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