Study: 63% of nurse, physician clothing harbor bacteria

09/6/2011 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A study done at an Israeli hospital found 63% of the outer clothing worn by physicians and nurses harbored disease-causing bacteria, including MRSA. The study in the American Journal of Infection Control found 6% of physician samples and 14% of those from nurses tested positive for antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains, and researchers suggested poor hand hygiene was at least partly responsible for the contamination.

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