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Nurse uniforms: we need new thinking on NHS’s dirty laundry

Lack of on-site changing facilities affects infection prevention and control, as study shows nurses are unable to meet standards set by NHS when washing uniforms at home

Lack of on-site changing facilities affects infection prevention and control, as study shows nurses are unable to meet standards set by NHS when washing uniforms at home

The notion that nurses’ uniforms should be laundered in the workplace rather than at home must win the Old Chestnut Prize for regularly-aired problems that are never resolved.

And, here we go again. A new study has revealed that nurses are unable to wash their uniforms to NHS infection control standards due to a lack of on-site changing facilities that would enable them to be laundered safely at work.

Penny-pinching wins over infection prevention and control

Opinions will be bandied about, evidence examined, practical solutions considered – and then, nothing

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