Wednesday, 1 September 2010


I feel in a rebellious mood this morning. A desire to shake the establishment to the core and express my dissent. I am going to assert my independence and freedom of thought. Yes I am going to do it. I am going to put two fingers up. I am going to wear a long sleeved shirt to work today.


  1. Oooooh.

    You rebel.

    I am sitting here in long-sleeved shirt, tie and cuff links (and, you'll be pleased to know, a suit).

    I shall do this until (a) they produce evidence or (b) I retire.

    Next couple of years you'll all be wearing scrubs, and I shall be in my long-sleeved shirt, cuff links and tie.

  2. In our department our 'uniforms' are all long sleeved. Doctors wear green, nurses wear blue.

  3. Meant to add, let us know how you get on.

  4. Either no-one noticed or no-one cares. Not one comment.

  5. Suits in my corner, but I s'pose colourful atire and startling bow ties used to be seen as de rigueur through my training, it's unsurprising that my colleagues and I simply wear what seems sensible.

    But when I visit the acute Trust, folk with clipboards zealously engage in animated discourse . . .

  6. Strange thing the Professional Class. As a retired engineer I noticed that all the good ones tended to prefer a tee shirt, jeans and trainers, and they were the ones that didn't mind getting their hands dirty if necessary, and they always received more respect from site staff than those wearing suits. Most of us moaned when we had to wear a suit and tie to attend some formal meeting with our contractors etc!

  7. Isn't it easier to properly wash your hands in short sleeves?

    Let's suppose we divide a 1,000 doctors into x2 groups, one lot in short sleeves the other in long sleeves - I would hypothesise that the short sleeved cohort would wash their hands more frequently and more thoroughly?

    Now I think I'm right in saying that lack of hand washing IS a known variable in increased risk of hospital acquired infection.

    Washing hands saves lives - even amongst consultants.

    the a&e charge nurse