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Sterile White Coats in Hospitals Can Help Keep Patients Safe

by Charlie Lopez

When it comes to selecting workwear for hospital personnel, a top concern is keeping patients free from infections. Indeed, many parts of a white coat can serve as breeding grounds for bacteria.

These bacteria can easily infect patients who are already at risk of further medical complications while in the hospital. It only takes a splash of infected fluid from a patient to infect a doctor's white coat. When this happens, bacteria in the infected fluid can remain active for many hours, causing the same doctor to transmit infections to other patients.

You can prevent the risks of this happening by purchasing sterile white coats for your hospital personnel. These coats are coated with an antibacterial fabric that kills germs on contact.

The risks presented by white coats

When patients visit a hospital for treatment, they're typically vulnerable to many different types of infections. This happens because a sick patient may have a weakened immune system that can't fight off infections as effectively as it used to.

In addition, sick patients may transfer harmful bacteria to the white coats of doctors and nurses during the course of treatment. And as a doctor moves from treating one patient to another, the infection can spread quite rapidly.

The following are parts of white coats that may harbour harmful bacteria:

  • Sleeves
  • Collars
  • Seams of the coat
  • Loosely hanging parts

How sterile workwear can help prevent infections

Proper workwear is important for many different industries. Workwear can be used to protect workers from the cold or from other harsh working environments. Medical personnel should also realise that their white coats are a part of workwear. These coats should be as sterile as possible so as to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Sterile white coats are defined by the fabric used to design them. This fabric contains an antimicrobial layer that is capable of eliminating germs on contact. When a white coat is exposed to a contaminated fluid, the germs are killed and the risk of infection is reduced. In addition, sterile white coats should also be hypoallergenic. This means that they should not harbour allergens such as pollen, mould spores or dirt.

With an antimicrobial and hypoallergenic coating on your hospital white coats, the risk of patient infections while in the hospital will be significantly reduced. And finally, the fabric you select for your hospital workwear should be stain- and odour-resistant. A fabric that resists staining (and foul odours) also reduces the chance that bacteria will form a breeding ground for infection.