White coats of Docs spread infection, study


Bengaluru: According to recent study, the banning of Indian doctors and medical student from wearing white coats could reduce the spread of infections in hospitals. According to a medical student, long sleeved coats spread infection in hospitals which can be avoided and extra costs can also be managed.

He added, “Every hospital should have a committee to check and respond to hospital acquired infections. Although long sleeved white coats have traditionally been worn by doctors since the 19th century, we now know that white coats harbour potential contaminants and contribute considerably to the burden of disease acquired in hospital by spreading infection.”

Since changing spaces are rare in Indian hospitals due to space constraints, the coats are worn by students coming from college and outside the hospital and are often left on chairs, tables and in corridors, causing infection.