Areas for Future Research
Determine the role played by HCP attire in the horizontal transmission of nosocomial pathogens and its impact on the burden of HAIs.
Evaluate the impact of antimicrobial fabrics on the bacterial burden of HCP attire, horizontal transmission of pathogens, and HAIs. Concomitantly, a cost-benefit analysis should be conducted to determine the financial merit of this approach.
Establish the effect of a BBE policy on both the horizontal transmission of nosocomial pathogens and the incidence of HAIs.
Explore the behavioral determinants of laundering practices among HCP regarding different apparel and examine potential interventions to decrease barriers and improve compliance with laundering.
Examine the impact of not wearing white coats on patients' and colleagues' perceptions of professionalism on the basis of HCP variables (eg, gender, age).
Evaluate the impact of compliance with hand hygiene and standard precautions on contamination of HCP apparel.
This study was supported in part by the SHEA Research Network.
Potential conflicts of interest
G.B. reports receiving grants from Pfizer, Cardinal Health, BioVigil, and Vestagen Technical Textiles. M.E.R. reports receiving research grants/contracts from 3M and having an advisory/consultant role with 3M, Ariste, Care Fusion, and Mölnlycke. All other authors report no conflicts of interest relevant to this article.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35(2):107-121. © 2014 The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America