Study: Gloves, Gowns Don’t Protect Against MRSA, VRE Infections In Hospitals

CBS Atlanta

ATLANA (CBS Atlanta) – A new study has found that wearing gowns and gloves in intensive care units does little to prevent the spread of Staphylococcus aureus or Enterococcus, known also as MRSA and VRE respectively.

A team at the University of Maryland School of Medicine led by Dr. Anthony Harris conducted a randomized trial in 20 hospital medical and surgical intensive care units throughout the country from January to October of last year, Medical News Today is reporting.

In all, swabs from a reported 26,180 patients in the selected ICUs were taken during admission and discharge. A total of 92,241 swabs were said to have been tested for the study.

After examining the samples, researchers found that no significant difference was made in preventing the spread of MRSA to patients as a result of wearing gloves or gowns. In regards to VRE, gloves and gowns did not prevent transmission at…

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