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What Do You Wear to Work?

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The white coat. Despite its ubiquity in health care, its days could be numbered.

 The New York Times reports that new guidance from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America suggests that hospitals might want to adopt a “bare below the elbows” policy to minimize infection risk. This includes no wristwatches or jewelry during contact with patients.

The guidance also specifies that the white coat should either be abandoned or each doctor should have at least two that are worn alternately, laundered frequently, and be removed before approaching patients. Read more.

The white coat news got us thinking—what dress code (if any) do you have at your facility, school, or fieldwork site? What do you wear to work?

We had a similar discussion 5 years ago on OT Connections and wanted to see if anything has changed since then.

Also, do you wear a white coat? Does the guidance make you reconsider what you wear to work? Will you adopt the “bare below the elbows” policy?

(Check out this discussion about white coat ceremony at OT schools—AOTA member login required).

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  • I work in an outpatient clinic in an acute rehab hospital. The dress code isn't really strict, business casual and you can wear jeans on Fridays (some people wear them other days too though). I mainly wear scrub bottoms and a long sleeved top (I worked in acute rehab prior to switching to outpatient). I normally wear a fleece also if I get cold. Luckily it's a pretty laid back facility and that goodness we don't all have to dress alike!

  • I wear scrubs and I do like to wear my wrist watch that I can set a timer to see how long a person stands for. I've been rethinking it ever sense I started wearing due to believing it was unclean. I do like to wear my wedding ring and earing but no other jewelry. Might just skip the watch tomorrow and see how it goes.

  • That's interesting, Michele. Maybe we'll see a resurgence of pocket watches in health care? :)