Letters “Bare below the elbows”

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BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39353.427014.BE (Published 04 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:684
  1. Adam Magos, consultant gynaecologist,
  2. Allan Maclean, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology,
  3. Daryll Baker, consultant vascular surgeon,
  4. Nicholas Goddard, consultant orthopaedic surgeon,
  5. Olagunju Ogunbiyi, consultant colorectal surgeon
  1. Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG
  1. a.magos{at}medsch.ucl.ac.uk

    We were astounded to read that the Department of Health plans to ban doctors from wearing white coats because of the risk of cross infection.1 2 The package describes a “bare below the elbows” dress code (short sleeves, no wrist watch, no jewellery, no ties when carrying out clinical activity).

    What is the evidence for this? It is impossible to …

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