Stuffing Paper Hospital Gowns in Gloves helping reduce the spread of MRSA
Posted Mar 22 2009 3:55pm
When you stop and think about the doctor stuffing the gown into the rubber gloves, it makes sense, even though they are going to end up in the same place, the trash, but less exposure over all and someone has to take out the trash too. Anyone who was treating a MRSA patient was required to wear gloves and the paper gown, but it was still continuing to spread anyway. Washing hands is of course right up there too, but this one simple technique seems to have been contributing to the the reduced rates of MRSA being down by 26%. BD
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jasper Palmer didn't think he was doing anything special when he balled up his paper hospital gown and stuffed it into one of his gloves. He just knew it was tidy and would stop the gown from spreading germs.
But the technique is one of the simple innovations that has reduced rates of infection with so-called superbugs at his and other hospitals by 26 percent to 62 percent, infection control experts told a meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in San Diego on Saturday.
Anyone who encounters a MRSA patient must wear gloves and gown, and yet the infection was spreading anyway. This is partly because hospital workers do not wash their hands as often or as thoroughly as they should, but experts know other factors are spreading germs.