Laundering habits of student nurses and correlation with the presence of Staphylococcus aureus on nursing scrub tops pre- and postlaundering.

American journal of infection control

PubMedID: 26143576

Scott E, Goodyear N, Nicoloro JM, Marika DJ, Killion E, Duty SM. Laundering habits of student nurses and correlation with the presence of Staphylococcus aureus on nursing scrub tops pre- and postlaundering. Am J Infect Control. 2015;.
Little is known about student nurse laundering practices. Student nurses swabbed their scrub tops after clinical and after laundering, and they completed a laundry survey; 13. 5% of students wore the same scrub more than once, and few followed recommended guidelines by using hot water (20%) or bleach (5. 6%) when laundering scrubs. After clinical shifts, 17% of swabs tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus; however, laundering eradicated it from 64. 3% of positive samples. This was not statistically significant.