Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Share this content:
Health Care Workers' Gloves Strong Source of Contamination
Health Care Workers' Gloves Strong Source of Contamination

(HealthDay News) -- Health care workers who wear contaminated gloves can transfer bacteria onto hospital surfaces, according to a study presented at the American Society for Microbiology's ASM Microbe 2016 meeting, held from June 16 to 20 in Boston.

Sae Otani, a master course student at Bunkyo Gakuin University in Japan, and colleagues contaminated examination gloves with certain types of bacteria found in hospitals and other health care facilities. They then touched the gloves to a sterilized polypropylene surface. The amount of bacteria on the surface was then measured.

The researchers found that Acinetobacter baumannii were detected on the polypropylene surface; however, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were not detected. There was no consistent effect for antibiotic sensitivity of bacteria on survival on the surface.

"Gloving is recommended as a barrier protection for health care workers to reduce the risk of contamination during contact with infectious sputum, urine, and body fluids," but not changing or removing contaminated gloves carries a high risk of transmitting harmful germs, Otani said in an ASM news release.

Press Release
More Information

You must be a registered member of ONA to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings


Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs