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December 15, 2008

The Truly Paperless Dermatology Office

Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(12):1620. doi:10.1001/archderm.144.12.1620

A time-honored tradition of running any medical office is the use of paper on examination tables. After each visit, whether or not bare skin has touched the examination table, a nurse will dutifully roll out fresh paper and discard the old. In our busy dermatology office, we began to question the wisdom of such a practice. In waiting rooms, patients sit on chairs with no covering. Yet when they sit on examination room tables with no direct skin contact, why must special care be taken? A review of the literature revealed no studies showing any decrease in infection rates with the use of paper.

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