Healthcare Personnel Attire in Non-operating-room Settings

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH; Kristina Bryant, MD; Surbhi Leekha, MBBS, MPH; Jeanmarie Mayer, MD; L. Silvia Munoz-Price, MD; Rekha Murthy, MD; Tara Palmore, MD; Mark E. Rupp, MD; Joshua White, MD


Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014;35(2):107-121. 

In This Article

Key Areas Addressed

We evaluated and summarized the literature around 2 aspects of HCP attire (details are provided in "Methods"):

  1. Perception of both patients and HCP regarding HCP attire in relation to professionalism and potential risk for transmission of microorganisms.

  2. Evidence for contamination of HCP attire and the potential for HCP attire to contribute to the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms in hospitals.

In addition, we performed a survey of the SHEA membership and SHEA Research Network to learn more about the policies related to HCP attire that are currently in place in members' institutions.