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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(7): 353-363
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.507.038


Microbial Flora on Medical Students’ White Coat and an Analysis of its Associated Factors: A Cross Sectional Study
Trupti B. Naik1*, Amruthkishan Upadhya2, Vijaykumar Mane3 and Asmabegaum Biradar4
1,2Department of Microbiology, Subbaiah Institute of Medical Sciences,Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
 3Department of Community Medicine, Koppal Institute of Medical Sciences,Koppal, Karnataka, India
4Department of Microbiology, Al-Ameen Medical College, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), also known as nosocomial infections, constitute a significant hazard for patients and their families visiting a healthcare facility. Transmission of these infections has been associated with transient harboring of pathogens in health care workers and students clothing including white coats. 1) To study the bacteriological profile of medical students white coats. 2) To study the antibiotic susceptibility pattern of these microbial isolates. 3) To study the perception, usage and handling practices of white coats among medical students and their relationship with white-coat contamination. A cross sectional study was conducted among 2nd year medical students, in the Department of Microbiology at a tertiary care hospital in Shivamogga, Karnataka. A pretested and semi structured questionnaire was administered to collect relevant data and swabs were taken from the lower edge of the front of white coat and processed according to standard microbiological procedures. Out of 96 white coats, 61 (63.54%) were contaminated. Maximum isolates were Coagulase negative Staphylococci 32 (52.45%) followed by Micrococci 15 (24.59%). None of the handling/washing practices of white coats were found to be significantly associated with contamination in our study. Further research in this area is recommended to identify factors responsible for contamination of white coats.


Keywords: Bacterial contamination, Hospital acquired infection,Medical students, White coats.
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Trupti B. Naik, Amruthkishan Upadhya, Vijaykumar Mane and Asmabegaum Biradar. 2016. Microbial Flora on Medical Students’ White Coat and an Analysis of its Associated Factors: A Cross Sectional Study.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(7): 353-363. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.507.038