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Impact of a change in universal gloving protocol on rates of central line-related bloodstream infection, Clostridioides difficile, and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus

Published:October 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2022.10.001

      Highlights

      • CLABSI, C. difficile, and VRE were assessed after removal of universal gloving.
      • Discontinuation of universal gloving did not impact rates of these infection.
      • Adherence to hand hygiene was similar throughout.

      Abstract

      In this retrospective cohort of adult hematology-oncology and transplant patients, discontinuation of universal gloving did not result in significant changes in rates of central line-associated bloodstream infection, Clostridioides difficile infection, or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus colonization. Active surveillance and subsequent isolation may be a viable alternative strategy to universal precautions.

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