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Mixed-methods analysis of glove use as a barrier to hand hygiene

  • Blake A. Acquarulo (a1), Linda Sullivan (a2), Anthony L. Gentile (a2), John M. Boyce (a3) and Richard A. Martinello (a2) (a4)...

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Examination gloves have been previously noted as a possible barrier to hand hygiene. We performed a prospective quantitative and qualitative study to investigate. Glove usage was found to be a potential barrier to hand hygiene; this was driven by desire for personal safety and potentially learned during professional training.

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Author for correspondence: Richard Martinello MD, Hunter 527, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06520. E-mail: richard.martinello@yale.edu

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PREVIOUS PRESENTATION: These data and findings were presented in part at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring Conference in 2017 on March 31, 2017, in St Louis, Missouri.

Cite this article: Acquarulo B, et al. (2019). Mixed-methods analysis of glove use as a barrier to hand hygiene. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2019, 40, 103–105. doi: 10.1017/ice.2018.293

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