Universal gloving and healthcare-associated infections

Added June 23, 2020

Citation: Chang NC, Kates AE, Ward MA, et al. Association between universal gloving and healthcare-associated infections: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2019 Jul;40(7):755-60.

What is this? A variety of types of personal protective equipment (PPE), including different types of gloving, are being used to try to protect healthcare workers from infection with COVID-19.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for research that had evaluated the use of universal gloving during patient care on the incidence of healthcare-associated infection (HAI). They did not restrict their searches by date or language of publication and did the search in July 2018. They 4 randomized trials and 4 before-and-after quasi-experimental studies.

What works: Universal gloving may be associated with a small protective effect against HAI, especially in high-risk settings such as pediatric intensive care units.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: The effects of universal gloving on a broader range of pathogens and different settings is uncertain.

 

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