If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you undoubtedly know the answer. Wearing jackets over scrub suits doesn’t prevent infections and adds costs.
Investigators from the University of Minnesota looked at infection rates one year before the institution of a mandatory warm-up jacket over scrub suit policy and one year after.
The rate of surgical site infection for the 13,302 cases done in the year before jackets had to be worn was 2.42% compared to 2.67% for the 12,998 cases done during the year after. The difference was not statistically significant with a p value of 0.1998.