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A Randomized Trial to Determine Whether Wearing Short-Sleeved White Coats Reduces the Risk for Pathogen Transmission

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 December 2017

Amrita R. John
Affiliation:
Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
Heba Alhmidi
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
Melany I. Gonzalez-Orta
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
Jennifer L. Cadnum
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
Curtis J. Donskey
Affiliation:
Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
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