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'Ban Indian doctors from wearing white coats'
Banning Indian doctors and medical students from wearing long-sleeved white coats could reduce the spread of infections in hospitals, says a new study.
 
"Long sleeved coats spread infection and lead to avoidable harm and cost to patients," said Edmond Fernandes, a postgraduate at Yenepoya Medical College in Bengaluru.
 
"Every hospital should have a committee to check and respond to hospital acquired infections," he added.
 
"But an easy win would be for India's ministry of health to ban doctors and medical students from wearing white coats, to reduce the harm and cost that results from hospital acquired infections," Fernandes said in the study published in the journal The BMJ.
 
"Although long sleeved white coats have traditionally been worn by doctors since the 19th century, we now know that white coats harbour potential contaminants and contribute considerably to the burden of disease acquired in hospital by spreading infection," Fernandes added.
 
He said that in India, changing areas in hospitals are rare because of space constraints, so white coats are commonly worn by students coming from college and outside the hospital. They are also often left on chairs, tables, and in corridors.
 
He added that in many cities in India some junior doctors are also now seen wearing white coats in shopping malls and cinemas too, and then they enter sterile zones in the hospital in the same attire.
 
"Given India's tropical climate, common sense indicates that we should discourage wearing white coats that are washed perhaps only every few weeks," Fernandes said.
 
In 2007, the United Kingdom took the landmark decision to ban long sleeved white coats - and that in 2009, the American Medical Association wanted to follow suit and dump the white coats, "but the proposal was dismissed because clinicians wanted to keep their traditional gowns", he said.
 
"White coats are mere symbolism and wearing them does not itself confer status or professionalism," Fernandes added.
 
"Dressing presentably and sporting a smile are more important than white coats and that institutions should give every medical student and doctor a recognisable name badge to wear," he said.

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COMMENTS

Narendra Doshi

1 year ago

seems surprisingly true.

Shrikant Shenoy

1 year ago

Heard about the white coat syndrome?

Adani Group drops major contractors in Australian coal project
India's Adani Group has suspended two major contractors of its Queensland coal project, raising fresh speculation on its ability to the finance Australia's largest coal mine, a media report said on Wednesday.
 
Parsons Brinckerhoff and Korean construction company Posco were told last week to stop work on the Carmichael mine, rail and port project, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
 
Company sources told the newspaper that senior Adani executives flew to India for talks about the project's future. The suspension of the contractors has taken place less than a month after the company stood down four engineering firms - WorleyParsons, Aecon, Aurecon and SMC - and a number of workers.
 
"It seems to me like they are at the crossroads of do they continue or do they do what GVK did and sack everyone," the Herald quoted a source as saying.
 
"I think they just do not have the money and can't get the money to go ahead. I think, one, Adani do not have the money, and two are realising this is a long, drawn-out process," the source added
 
It also follows alleged revelations by Fairfax Media that senior Queensland Treasury officials had advised the Queensland government last year that they believed the project was unviable.
 
The company, however, said on Tuesday that the mine would still go ahead and the company was not pulling out of the country.
 
"These structural changes are connected to the same engineering contracts and preliminary works variations Adani announced last month," an Adani Group spokesperson is quoted as saying.
 
Parsons Brinckerhoff is the principal project management consultant for the company's project, while Posco had been set to build Adani's 388-kilometre rail line from the mine to Abbot Point and take a financial stake in the development.
 
The suspension of both firms by the company is reportedly being seen by the workers as an extraordinary step.

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