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New Infection Control Recommendations Could Make White Coats Obsolete

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In a move to reduce health care associated infections, certain attire for health care professionals, including the traditional white coat, could become a thing of the past.

"White coats, neckties, and wrist watches can become contaminated and may potentially serve as vehicles to carry germs from one patient to another," said Mark Rupp, M.D., chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and one of the authors of recommendations issued by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), one of the world's top infection control organizations.

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