white coat

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(1) The doctor’s ‘robe’
(2) A popular term for any health care professional who, in performing his or her duties, dons a white coat

white coat

1. A popular term for any health care professional who, in performing his/her duties, dons a white coat.
2. The physician's robe.
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It is also very common to see health care professionals hanging their white coats in their cars and offices or carrying them around outside hospital areas which increases chances for trafficking both pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria.
Proper handling of white coats by physicians and other healthcare workers could minimize cross-contamination and improve patient safety by potentially reducing nosocomial infections.
Dr Al Amiri referred to a research by the International Journal of Bacteriology : "Clinical white coats have very long history of being a symbol of hope and healing for medical professionals; however there has been a concern that white coats may play a big role in transmitting infections within and outside health facility settings.
The Saudi children are exposed to health care facilities from early childhood for preventive or curative care, so they are likely to be more comfortable with doctors wearing traditional white coats.
QU president Dr Hassan al-Derham addressing participants and guests at the White Coat ceremony.
Pharm students, held under the patronage of Dr Mohammed Hamadan Al Rubaie, Director General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and Drug Control, Ministry of Health, saw 133 medical students receiving white coats, marking their entry into practical training in Pharmacy.
The ceremonial cloaking of future doctors in white coats, as opposed to the original black garb worn by physicians, also symbolizes cleanliness and purity associated with the era of antisepsis ushered in by Joseph Lister in the late 19th century.
The Patient PILLOWS plumped, arms raised to The tubes that give her life Clanking bed pans, a red Faced lady with rubbered hands A screen closes, white coats Descend, hushed voices Whisper "Is this the end?
One of the reasons doctors stopped wearing white coats is that the sight of them can scare patients rigid and that has an effect not just on their emotions but also on their bodies.
On white coats and professional development: the formal and the hidden curricula.
chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and one of the authors of recommendations issued by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), one of the world's top infection control organizations, said that white coats, neckties, and wrist watches can become contaminated and may potentially serve as vehicles to carry germs from one patient to another.
On the occasion the first year students were also presented white coats by the faculty members of the college so as to instil in them the relevance of BDS program itself.