Wherein we ponder vexing issues in infection prevention and control, inside and outside the hospital.
Friday, December 16, 2011
No White Coats in Miami!!
I know it never gets cold in Miami, so they have one less excuse to hear from clinicians, but we wanted to share with you a new practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Silvia Munoz-Price, Medical Director for Infection Control, shared that this past month they have found that white coats and scrubs were contaminated with the same pathogens as found on the hands of providers wearing the coats/scrubs. Thus, for the past 2 weeks they have been doing ID rounds wearing scrubs or bare below the elbow and without white coats. They report receiving "no negative feedback from the staff nor patients." Way to go Team Miami!