Mandatory glove wearing may reduce risk of hospital-acquired infections

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 24, 2013

Infection rates are reduced when physicians are required to wear gloves, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers examined the medical records of children admitted to the same hospital between 2002 and 2010; this hospital required physicians to wear gloves at any time while with patients during the season when the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was most rampant.I

Over the course of the period studied, 686 hospital-acquired infections occurred among the patients. According to researchers, the risk of acquiring an infection was 25% lower during times when the hospital mandated that physicians wore gloves. Hospital-acquired infections were 37% lower in pediatric intensive care units, 38% lower in neonatal intensive care units, and 48% lower in the Pediatrics Bone Marrow Transplant Unit when mandatory gloving was in effect. The reduced risk due to glove wearing remained even after researchers accounted for long-term and season trends related to hospital-acquired infections.

Source: Daily RX