Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dress codes for doctors

Today's Boston Globe had a little snippet entitled "Hospitals ban ties, jewelry for doctors". Apparently, concern about infection control has led British hospitals to ban physicians from wearing ties, jewelry, and long sleeves.

I'm sure that there are valid reasons to do this from an infection control perspective. Most convincing to me, though, was the statement by the Department of Health: "Ties are rarely laundered but worn daily...They perform no beneficial function."

I wish that all government policy statements were as succinct and to-the-point.......

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No evidence cited to substantiate the transmission of anything from clothing. One can culture all kinds of bacteria on any body at any time. Appears to be a case of "if we can't get them to wash their hands, we'll make them take off their ties" -- very sound logic?