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Contamination of Examination Gloves in Patient Rooms and Implications for Transmission of Antimicrobial‐Resistant Microorganisms

Maureen H. Diaz , BS, Christina Silkaitis , MT, Michael Malczynski , BS, Gary A. Noskin , MD, John R. Warren , MD and Teresa Zembower , MD
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 1 (January 2008), pp. 63-65
DOI: 10.1086/524338
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/524338
Page Count: 3
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Contamination of Examination Gloves in Patient Rooms and Implications for Transmission of Antimicrobial‐Resistant Microorganisms
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Abstract

An assessment of bacterial contamination on examination gloves indicated that contaminated gloves may be a mechanism of indirect bacterial transmission from the hands of healthcare workers to patients. This mechanism is indicated by the recovery of identical Acinetobacter baumannii isolates from gloves and from the clinical cultures of a patient with invasive infection.

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