No More White Coats?
The AMA may be regressive when it comes to health care reform, but it does sometimes display an impressive ability to change. Or maybe not. At its annual meeting, the AMA voted to recommend white coats be banned in hospitals to prevent nosocomial infection spread. Then it decided to reconsider the recommendation (for anti-infection dress codes) until there’s more evidence they work. Or something. It’s as if scrubs didn’t exist. Shades of Semmelweis. It seems that sometimes scientific/clinical skepticism can lead people to disbelieve that improvement could really be that simple.