Study: Many hospital workers transfer germs taking off gowns, gloves

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CHICAGO — Nearly half of medical staff in a new study contaminated themselves because of improper removal of gowns and gloves.

Participants were given fluorescent lotion and asked to rub it on their gloved hands, then take the gloves off.

Researchers found that staff members contaminated their skin, clothes, or both 46 percent of the time.

The potential for contamination dropped significantly after they followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for personal protective equipment.

The report was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.