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Update - Warning on infection risks of plastic aprons

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VOL: 102, ISSUE: 24, PAGE NO: 41

Plastic aprons can attract bacteria, according to consultant microbiologist Professor Kevin Kerr, speaking at The Patient Association's summit on 25 May, Cleaner Hospitals: Safer Healthcare.

Plastic aprons can attract bacteria, according to consultant microbiologist Professor Kevin Kerr, speaking at The Patient Association's summit on 25 May, Cleaner Hospitals: Safer Healthcare.

Professor Kerr explained that when plastic aprons are removed from a roll they can take on a static electric charge. But because airborne bacteria also have their own electric charge, any negatively charged bacteria are attracted to the apron and positively charged ones can be pushed away from the apron towards the patient.

The professor confirmed, however, that aprons still had an important role in infection control and that nurses should continue to use them. He went on to inform delegates that manufacturers were already working on anti-static aprons as a solution to the problem.

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