Do you favor it? Or do you think it creates a barrier that makes it harder to connect with or question her?
What about infection? Studies show that health professionals in general don’t launder their white coats often enough. Other studies show that the garments harbor potentially pathogenic bacteria. But no studies or reports have yet demonstrated specifically that white coats have been a vector of transmission.
There’s been a flurry of media around the topic recently: At various Infectious Diseases society meetings, many member physicians have been advocating for a change in our white coat culture — trying to get health care workers to remove their white coats and go “bare below the elbows.”
I won’t rehash the points of view here; instead, there are several links you can peruse if you’re interested in this topic that I will provide below.
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