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German doctors pose naked in protest at PPE shortages | Germany | The Guardian
There has been recent controversy regarding recommendations and regulations concerning operating room attire. We performed a nonsystematic literature search regarding operating room attire and surgical site infection SSI risk. Much of the literature relies on air sampling and culture of operating room equipment but does not present evidence regarding effect on SSI risk. There is no evidence regarding SSI risk related to operating room attire except for sterile gowns and the use of gloves. Naked surgeons shed fewer bacteria into the operating room environment than ones wearing scrub suits. Sometimes the evidence is weak.
This story about naked surgery has no clothes …
A group of German doctors have posed naked in an attempt to draw attention to shortages of protective clothing and equipment. Calling their protest Blanke Bedenken , or Naked Qualms, members of the group said they felt at risk from coronavirus and claimed their calls for help over several months had gone unheeded. The doctors posed in their practices, taking cover behind files, toilet rolls, medical equipment and prescription blocks. German doctors have repeatedly appealed for more PPE since the arrival of the virus in Germany in late January. German firms that make protective clothing have upped their production capacities but have been unable to meet demand.
In the constant battle to prevent infections in hospitals, scientists have come up with a stark new proposition — surgeons should operate naked. Physicians found that nude surgeons shed significantly less bacteria than those wearing scrubs. They say it is because the surgical scrubs rub against the skin, causing bacteria to fall off and spread through the air of the operating theatre. In another challenge to conventional practice, the scientists said there was little difference between surgeons operating in their normal clothes rather than changing into surgical gowns. A paper published by the University of Washington in the US found surgeons would spread less bacteria if they operated in the nude file picture.