Virus transfer from personal protective equipment to healthcare employees' skin and clothing

Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Aug;14(8):1291-3. doi: 10.3201/eid1408.080085.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Clothing*
  • Disease Transmission, Infectious / prevention & control*
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Humans
  • Protective Devices / virology*
  • Skin / virology*
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control