Expatriates concerned about time spent in hospital might be interested to know that the length of doctors' sleeves do not affect the likelihood of spreading infections, such as MRSA.
Research conducted by a group of scientists at the Uinversity of Colorado found that there is no truth to the idea that wearing a short-sleeved garment can reduce the transmission of bacteria.
Some governments, including that of the UK, had previously implemented guidelines banning doctors from wearing long-sleeved clothes or white coats at work.
But this new report confirmed that there is no significant difference in the levels of contamination found on long or short-sleeve shirts, or the skin of the wearer's wrists, after an eight-hour working day.
Lead research Marisha Murden commented: "We were surprised to find no statistical difference in contamination between the short and long-sleeved workwear.
"We also found bacterial contamination of newly laundered uniforms occurs within hours of putting them on."