Lindeholm, Y.N. & Arpi, M. Journal of Hospital Infection. Published online: 22 April 2016
In 2014 Wakeam et al. in this journal published their results from a cross-sectional study which compared facial bacterial colonization rates of potential nosocomial significance among 408 male healthcare workers with and without facial hair.1 All participants in this study had routine direct patient contact. They found that workers with facial hair were significantly less likely to be colonized with Staphylococcus aureus, including meticillin-resistant S. aureus, and meticillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci.
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