Expert: Responders to sports injuries need to wear gloves

04/26/2011 | Wired.com

Infectious-disease expert Jennifer Furin said she has watched more than 4,000 minutes of TV footage that included 48 matches of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and discovered that not one of the responders to blood-related sports injuries wore gloves -- a practice mandated by CDC's Universal Precautions policy. Furin said sports injuries should be treated as medical emergencies -- in terms of practiced precautionary measures -- in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases during sporting events. The study was published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

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