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Contaminated gloves increase risks of cross-transmission of pathogens

from Medical Xpress

Research being presented at the ASM Microbe research meeting provides clear evidence that the gloves of health care workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria. The researchers' data also suggest that types of bacteria may affect cross-transmission rates among contaminated gloves and the hospital surfaces. "Infection control is a priority for all hospitals to reduce the spread of HCAIs," said study author Sae Otani, a master course student at Bunkyo Gakuin University, "Gloving is recommended as a barrier protection for health care workers to reduce the risk of contamination during contact with infectious sputum, urine and body fluids," she said. However, failure to change or remove contaminated gloves carries a high-risk of health care-associated pathogens transmission. more

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