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Champ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 07:16 PM
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MDs' neckties 'a health hazard'
Researchers grew bacteria from swabs taken from neckwear
Infection expert blames contamination on poor handwashing



HELEN BRANSWELL
CANADIAN PRESS

Concerned about picking up a nasty bug while in hospital? Forget about whether your doctor washed his hands before examining you. Ask when he last dry-cleaned his tie.

Neckties worn by doctors can and do carry dangerous pathogens, a clever new study released yesterday reveals. It suggests a bedside visit by a well-dressed physician could dole out disease along with comfort and care.

The presence of bugs on ties suggests doctors aren't washing their hands enough, or at the right times, said Dr. Allison McGeer, one of Canada's leading infection control experts.

http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename...
"If physicians washed their hands when they were supposed to, their ties would not be contaminated," she said.
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HornBuckler Donating Member (978 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 07:17 PM
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1. Yep, They've Said This For Awhile
Some Day, When Our Kind Has The Ruling Hand - It'll Be All Jeans And T-Shirts - But We Have To Earn A Check Somehow :)
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Champ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 07:20 PM
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2. Hey
Did you see my prediction? :hi:
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 07:21 PM
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3. They forgot..most of them are ugly too!
Doctors don't know how to dress.
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