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Cohort study
Mandatory gloving in acute care paediatric units associated with decreased risk of hospital-acquired infections
  1. Gonzalo Bearman
  1. Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, VCU Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Gonzalo Bearman, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, VCU Medical Center, 1300 East Marshall Street, PO Box 980019, Richmond, VA 23298-0019, USA; gbearman{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The benefits of universal gloving for all patient contact in paediatric settings during respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season has a secondary outcome of reducing hospital-acquired infections.

  • Prospective studies are needed to assess the impact of universal gloving on hospital-acquired infections.


In an institution where health professionals were required to comply with mandatory gloving for all patient contact during RSV season, Yin and colleagues assessed the impact of the gloving policy on healthcare-acquired infections (HAI).


Using a quasi-experimental design, the investigators undertook a retrospective cohort study in paediatric intensive care units in a tertiary care medical centre between 2002 and 2010. Robust statistical …

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