A microbiologist has found that nurses are not washing their uniforms correctly because guidelines are “sometimes quite vague”.

Doctor Katie Laird from DeMontford University conducted the study and stated that nurses “should be washing at 60 degrees celcius for ten minutes” in order to remove micro-organisms that could cause infection from textiles.

However, the study has shown that “forty-nine percent of nurses were washing at lower than 60” which could enable bacteria to survive on their clothes.

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