Virus Transfer from Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Employees’ Skin and Clothing

Source: Lisa Casanova, Edie Alfano-Sobsey, William A. Rutala, David J. Weber, and Mark Sobsey, Emerging Infectious Diseases, August 2008

We evaluated a personal protective equipment removal protocol designed to minimize wearer contamination with pathogens. Following this protocol often resulted in virus transfer to hands and clothing. An altered protocol or other measures are needed to prevent healthcare worker contamination.

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