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Contamination of health care workers' coats at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia: the nosocomial risk.

Authors
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  • 1 Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. , (Zambia)
  • 2 Health Promotions Unit, Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. , (Zambia)
  • 3 Department of Disease Control, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. , (Zambia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of occupational medicine and toxicology (London, England)
Publication Date
Volume
10
Pages
34–34
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12995-015-0077-2
PMID: 26380579
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

This study has shown that white coats worn by health care-workers at the University Teaching Hospital generally have high microbial contaminations and hence pose a nosocomial risk. It is therefore, recommended that white coats be regularly sanitized, and health care workers also be sensitized on public health risk of HAIs associated with contaminated coats.

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