Dr. Anderson Speaks with SHEA about the ASCOT Trial

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) spoke with Dr. Deverick Anderson, principal investigator of the Antimicrobial Scrub Contamination and Transmission (ASCOT) Trial. The trial was recently published in the August 2017 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology

In the study, Anderson et al. sought to determine if antmicrobial-impregnated fabrics could reduce the amount of pathogens acquired by healthcare providers' clothing. In his interview with SHEA, Dr. Anderson states:

“There is no such thing as a sterile environment,” said Anderson. “Bacteria and pathogens will always be in the environment. Hospitals need to create and use protocols for improved cleaning of the healthcare environment, and patients and family members should feel empowered to ask healthcare providers if they are doing everything they can to keep their loved one from being exposed to bacteria in the environment.” 

Read more from the SHEA article: Study Shows Nurses’ Scrubs Become Contaminated with Bacteria in Hospitals

See the results of the study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology