Doctor’s Dress Code


We have seen this story before and I believe in some of it:

  • A new dress code for doctors, nurses and other health care workers calls for outfits that may be short on style, but long on what it takes to keep dangerous germs from spreading among patients.
  • Short sleeves, bare hands and forearms and white coats that are laundered at least once a week — if not more often — are the keys to keeping nasty bugs such as Staphylococcus aureus from hitching a ride on a doctor’s wrist.
  • Neckties are questionable. Watches and rings have to go. It’s not clear what to do about name tags, lanyards, necklaces and cell phones, but when in doubt, it’s best to clean the offending items — or get rid of them.

While this sounds all well and good it is all a matter of time before the idiots at the Joint Commission bring this to the outpatient setting where it has no business being.  Unfortunately, that has not stopped them before.   So, I will be wearing this to see patients in the future:



Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  7 comments for “Doctor’s Dress Code

  1. mamadoc
    January 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Well, that outfit might be good or bad. I’ll put some credence in this just as soon as they take the long fingernails, long hair and excessive jewelry off the nurses. And those dark colored scrubs, too. Black (which is what all the MedSurg nurses wear in my hospital) covers a multitude of sins, AND it’s not clear whether they’ve been washed recently, either.

  2. Robert
    January 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

    “To be sure, no one has discovered a direct link between the germs on health worker clothing and actual infections, noted Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, a hospital epidemiologist with the Virginia Commonwealth University System and a member of the SHEA guidelines committee”

    Love it! the same mindset that gave us EMRs, ACOs, PCMHs, P4P, etc, etc, etc,

  3. Wes
    January 29, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    How about just a comb-over?

  4. Brian
    January 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    That new outfit might narrow down your patient population a little , one might think

  5. Marlene Sell
    January 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Are you taking new patients?

    • Doug Farrago
      January 29, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Only if you don’t laugh at my outfit

  6. Sir Lance-a-lot
    January 29, 2014 at 6:11 am

    ” So, I will be wearing this to see patients in the future”

    … And you look so good in it, Doug.

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