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Crocs ban spreads to half of Austria

Trendy Crocs sandals have been now banned from all hospitals in Vienna, Styria and Lower Austria for fear the static they create will interfere with hospital equipment.

Austrian Times reported that Vienna’s SMZ Ost hospital had forbidden its staff to wear the vinyl shoes after the Vienna Hospital Authority issued a warning as it is feared that Crocs may cause heart attacks and damage life-support machines through static discharges.

Now the Vienna Hospital Authority has decided to ban the sandals from all cardiology and intensive care units and operating facilities in Vienna hospitals. A spokesperson confirmed that Crocs did not meet safety requirements because they were not made of anti-static material.

Styrian hospitals have taken the same step. Crocs may be worn only in wards but not in treatment facilities.

In Lower Austria, medical staff are unable to wear Crocs in any case as private clothes are generally forbidden in all hospitals.

Although Ernst Widmann, director of Crocs’ Austrian branch, denies that the sandals are not safe, an anti-static version of them might be in stores soon.

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