New York physicians may have to take off their neckties, jewelry, wristwatches and long-sleeved white coats when caring for patients if a bill under consideration in the state legislature becomes law.Even though there's no data that this does anything to reduce hospital acquired infections.
The bill, proposed in April in the state Senate, calls for a "hygienic dress code council" within the New York Health Dept. to consider advancing a ban on neckties and requiring physicians and other health professionals to adopt a "bare below the elbow" dress code in an effort to slash hospital-acquired infections.
But that doesn't matter.
So why stop there? I say, doctors should do the ultimate for their patients: the Full Monty.