Bacterial contamination of unused, disposable non-sterile gloves on a hospital orthopaedic ward.

@article{Hughes2013BacterialCO,
  title={Bacterial contamination of unused, disposable non-sterile gloves on a hospital orthopaedic ward.},
  author={Kim A Hughes and Jon Cornwall and J M Theis and Heather J L Brooks},
  journal={The Australasian medical journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={6 6},
  pages={331-8}
}
BACKGROUND Non-sterile disposable gloves are used on large hospital wards, however their potential role as a vehicle for pathogen transmission has not been explored in this setting. AIMS This study investigates glove use on a hospital orthopaedic ward to examine whether pathogen contamination occurs prior to contact with patients. METHOD Glove samples were aseptically removed from boxes on a hospital orthopaedic ward on opening and days 3, 6 and 9 thereafter. Following elution of bacteria… CONTINUE READING

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Findings highlight adherence to handwashing guidelines , common glove retrieval practice , and glove - box design as targets for decreasing bacteria transmission via gloves on hospital wards .
Non - sterile disposable gloves are used on large hospital wards , however their potential role as a vehicle for pathogen transmission has not been explored in this setting .
Non - sterile disposable gloves are used on large hospital wards , however their potential role as a vehicle for pathogen transmission has not been explored in this setting .
Findings highlight adherence to handwashing guidelines , common glove retrieval practice , and glove - box design as targets for decreasing bacteria transmission via gloves on hospital wards .
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