Do your Nursing policies require family members to wear a cover gown and rationale for doing so. If yes is it disposable or reusable?
Oct 10, '01
No! We got rid of the yellow gowns several years ago. We have a few available for night shift people who get cold. Doing this has saved us a LOT of $$ in laundry, and there has been no increase in infections. The family only handles their own child, who will have to get acquainted w/ their microflora sooner or later anyway.
There are no documented cases of infections related to clothing on visitors or staff of which I am aware.
It's important, IMHO, to avoid the hocus-pocus theory of Infection Control, from which many "Infection Control" practices arise. Concentrate instead on what will get you the most bang for your buck: HANDWASHING.