Can A Hospital Dress Code Prevent Infection?
A Canadian hospital has just issued a lengthy dress code for its employees. It mandates that personnel in patient care areas “…must wear hospital-issued [emphasis theirs] garments (uniforms, scrubs, lab coats)…” and such garments cannot be worn outside of the hospital. The purpose of the policy is to help patients and families distinguish the various strata of employees. Although not explicitly stated, the ban on wearing the clothing to and from work is likely an attempt to reduce contamination.