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Coat sleeve length makes no difference on bacteria growth

Residency Program Insider, February 15, 2011

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A new study conducted finds that long-sleeved coats do not spread MRSA and other bacteria as some previously thought.

University of Colorado researchers randomly asked 100 medical residents and hospitalists to wear either long-sleeved white coats or a short-sleeve uniform that was thought to prevent the spread of bacteria. Samples from both uniforms yielded “no significant differences” in the bacterial colony counts.

Read more about this study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
 



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