Journal Article

Effectiveness of Gloves in the Prevention of Hand Carriage of Vancomycin-Resistant <i>Enterococcus</i> Species by Health Care Workers after Patient Care

Allan R. Tenorio, Sheila M. Badri, Nishi B. Sahgal, Bala Hota, Marian Matushek, Mary K. Hayden, Gordon M. Trenholme and Robert A. Weinstein

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 826-829
Published in print March 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/319214
Effectiveness of Gloves in the Prevention of Hand Carriage of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus Species by Health Care Workers after Patient Care

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Gloving reduces acquisition of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus species (VRE) on the hands, and it should be considered for routine inpatient care, even for contact with the intact skin of patients who may be colonized with VRE. However, gloving does not completely prevent contamination of the hands, and hand washing is necessary after glove removal.

Journal Article.  2310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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