SHEA guidance document reviews HCW attire and its impact on infection control

April 9, 2014

Between hand hygiene, sterile practices, environmental cleaning, and a host of other infection control best practices, the healthcare industry has come a long way in taking precautions to prevent patient infections. But according to the CDC, approximately 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections still occur in the United States each year, contributing to 99,0000 deaths and close to $20 billion in healthcare costs.
 
A new expert guidance document published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, a publication of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), explores the effect healthcare worker clothing has in the cross-transmission of pathogens, an issue that has received little attention and even fewer clinical studies.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the April issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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