October 6, 2015
Study Finds Healthcare Workers Frequently Contaminate Their Hands, Clothing in Removal of PPE
Contamination of the skin and clothing of healthcare workers happened frequently during the removal of gloves or gowns in a simulation study published by JAMA Internal Medicine that used fluorescent lotion and black light. The study by Curtis J. Donskey, MD, of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and coauthors included healthcare workers at four northeast Ohio hospitals who participated in personal protective equipment (PPE) removal simulations. Other healthcare personnel at one medical center participated in an intervention that included education and practice in removal of contaminated PPE.