An intervention to reduce health care personnel hand contamination during care of patients with Clostridium difficile infection


      • Personnel frequently acquire Clostridium difficile spores on hands despite PPE use.
      • Education to improve PPE technique reduced hand contamination with spores.
      • Correct technique and glove disinfection with bleach reduced contamination to zero.
      • Alternatives to bleach that are better tolerated by personnel are needed.
      In a quasi-experimental study, an educational intervention to improve the technique for personal protective equipment (PPE) removal in conjunction with disinfection of gloves before removal of PPE reduced acquisition of Clostridium difficile spores on the hands of health care personnel caring for patients with C difficile infection.

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