Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, have discovered that by using personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically gloves, workers can help eliminate hospital acquired infections while handling patients infected with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), according to reports from OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

The study, which originally appeared in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, chose four wards with similar CDI rates. Some wards continued to use standard care, while the other wards were given an intervention. With the intervention, nurses were told to wear gloves when dealing with bodily fluids. Also, boxes of gloves were put next to the patients’ beds, the study reported.

On the wards with the interventions, there was a decrease in CDI which from 7.7 down to 1.5 cases for each 1,000 patients. On the wards with the standard care, there was not much of a change, according to the study.

CDI prevention techniques are limited and the best way to prevent these HAI’s are still questionable. Healthcare settings are required to have a CDI prevention program which can in fact be successful, according to the study.