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For Infection Prevention, Try Duct Tape

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, June 27, 2011

Compliance so far has been 98%, Franck said.

She presented her results at a recent news briefing in advance of the annual meeting of the Associationof Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, (APIC) which begins Monday, June 27, in Baltimore.
There is no documented risk of patient infection when un-gowned staff venture no closer than three feet from the threshold of a patient's room, Franck said. Gowns and gloves are, however, required when staff must move closer to the patient's bedside, she emphasized.

"Not having to wear gowns or gloves increased quality and frequency of interaction creating an environment where both patients and staff were happier," she said. 

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Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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