The key findings were as follows:
- There was no difference in baseline hand contamination between the 2 groups
- There was no difference in contamination of the gloved hand between the 2 groups
- A pathogen was detected on only 3 hands (1 MRSA in the hand hygiene group, and 2 MSSA in the no hand hygiene group)
- Importantly, hand hygiene prior to gloving added 31.5 secs to the gloving process. For the average ICU nurse caring for a patient in contact precautions, this adds up to 19 extra minutes per 12-hour shift.
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