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Can strict rules regulating when and where health care workers may wear hospital scrubs really stem the spread of antibiotic-resistant germs? Dr. David C. Martin weighs in with a guest post.

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Researchers are finally starting to answer the question of whether hospital scrubs can pose a danger to patients — and people on the subway.

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Health experts still debate whether wearing hospital scrubs outside the hospital can increase patients' infection risk. Could an Ottawa hospital be the perfect site to investigate that question?

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Empowering patients has been a health care mantra for at least a decade. But patients can only do so much to protect themselves from harm, especially when it comes to hospital-acquired infections.

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Dr. David C. Martin may be onto something. In three Antidote posts last week, he made the case that health care workers should not wear surgical scrubs out in public. If seen doing so, they should be confronted. Now, doctors are talking back. 

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The idea of telling health care workers they should not wear their scrubs outside the hospital lit up the social media world this week. Dr. David C. Martin, a retired Sacramento anesthesiologist who abhors the too-casual practice of scrubs on the street, has hit a nerve.

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You probably have been to a restaurant near a hospital and seen a doctor, nurse or medical assistant wearing scrubs and standing in line for a sandwich. You probably didn’t give this a second thought, but Dr. David C. Martin thinks you should be alarmed.

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