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

  • Amrita R. John (a1) (a2), Heba Alhmidi (a3), Melany I. Gonzalez-Orta (a3), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a1) (a2)...
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Address correspondence to Curtis J. Donskey, MD, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center 1110W, Cleveland VA Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (
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