ROBERT A. WEINSTEIN, M.D.; SHERWIN A. KABINS, M.D.
To the editor: We were encouraged to find that Lynch and colleagues (1) have rethought the role of isolation practices in hospitals, as have others (2). We have long favored using barrier precautions to prevent horizontal transmission from colonized as well as infected patients (3, 4) and have also felt that in selected settings the use of gloves (or no-touch techniques) can remove more onerous barriers (5).
We have four notes of caution in addition to those raised by Garner and Hughes (6). First, we have shown contamination of the hands of personnel who have used gloves during care of
WEINSTEIN RA, KABINS SA. Isolation Practices in Hospitals. Ann Intern Med. ;107:781–782. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-5-781_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(5):781-782.
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