White coats/uniforms : The 5 studies we evaluated indicate that physician white coats and nursing uniforms may serve as potential sources of colonization and cross-transmission. Several studies described contamination of apparel with Staphylococcus aureus in the range of 5% to 29%. 30 , 33 - 35 , 38 Although gram-negative bacilli have also been identified, these were for the most part of low pathogenicity; 30 , 35 however, actual pathogens, such as Acinetobacter species, Enterobacteriaceae, and Pseudomonas species, have been reported. 38
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