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. 

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Using PubMed/Medline, between the months of January and May 2013 we searched the English literature for articles pertaining to HCP attire in clinical settings focusing on areas outside the OR. We included all studies dealing with bacterial contamination and laundering of HCP attire, patients' and providers' perceptions based on the type of attire, and/or HCP footwear.

Additionally, we reviewed and compared hospital policies related to HCP attire from 7 large teaching hospitals, as submitted by members of the SHEA Guidelines Committee. Finally, between February and May 2013 we sent out a survey to all SHEA members to assess their institutional HCP attire policies (if any) and to determine their perceptions of HCP attire as a vehicle for potential transmission of pathogens.