Mandatory glove-wearing reduces risk of HAIs, study finds

04/22/2013 | DailyRx.com · Medscape (free registration)

Children's risk of developing a hospital-acquired infection was 25% lower during the period in which doctors were required to wear gloves for every patient contact, with significant decreases noted in the pediatric intensive care unit and the neonatal intensive care unit, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. The incidence of hospital-acquired pneumonia dropped by 80% during the mandatory gloving periods, while rates of bloodstream infections and central line-associated bloodstream infection declined by 37% and 39%, respectively.

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