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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1993 Sep 10;42(35):672-5.

Handwashing and glove use in a long-term-care facility--Maryland, 1992.

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  • MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 1993 Oct 22;42(41):809-10.


Residents of long-term-care facilities (LTCFs) are at risk for acquiring facility-associated infections and consequent mortality (1,2). Despite this risk, no national guidelines exist for infection-control practices in LTCFs, and information regarding the nature of infection-control practices in LTCFs is limited. To evaluate glove use and handwashing practices in an LTCF, and to determine factors associated with compliance with infection-control policies and the frequency of microbial transmission, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and CDC staff observed glove use and handwashing practices on a chronic-care ward of an LTCF in Maryland for a 1-month period during 1992. This report summarizes the findings of this study.

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