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2014

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Dr. Who?: The Science And Culture Of Medical Wear Design, Patricia Duignan Jan 2014

Dr. Who?: The Science And Culture Of Medical Wear Design, Patricia Duignan

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The multi-million-dollar medical uniform industry has not utilized advancements in garment and textile technology that could positively impact the protection of healthcare professionals and patients. In most cases the uniforms meet basic requirements – they clothe the professional in a recognizable way. Little innovation in design, function and performance, has been applied to these garments. This is particularly evident in the case of the stereotypical white lab coat worn by many physicians, despite evidence indicating that these lab coats may carry contamination and play a role in the spread of deadly bacteria. Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are among the most serious ...