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Document ID (ISN)61261
CIS number 93-2069
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Olsen R.J., Lynch P., Coyle M.B., Cummings J., Bokete T., Stamm W.E.
Title Examination gloves as barriers to hand contamination in clinical practice
Bibliographic information 21 July 1993, Vol.270, No.3, p.350-353. 23 ref.
Abstract A study was made of 137 procedures during which a health care worker's gloved hand was in touch with a patient's mucous membranes and was thus potentially contaminated. 86 of the 135 gloves cultured after use had gram-negative rods or enterococci on the external surface and microbial contamination of the health worker's hand occurred in 11 of these 86 events. Glove leaks and hand contamination were more frequent with vinyl than with latex gloves. Results show that under conditions of routine use, gloves effectively function as a protective barrier even when leaks are present.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; biological hazards; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) microorganisms; evaluation of equipment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Hand and arm protection
Health care services
Biological hazards