The Glove Study

We are delighted to announce that our Glove Study has just received the award ‘Best Contribution to Commercial Research’ from the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Clinical Research Network.

The study is the result of collaboration between three nurses, across three NHS organisations in Surrey & Sussex, with a keen interest in the use of non-sterile gloves.

Healthcare associated infections are a serious risk to patients and can result in high direct financial costs for the NHS along with extensive personal costs. Hand hygiene practices, including the use of non-sterile gloves, are key factors in enhancing infection prevention for both patients and staff. In order to maximise this we need to understand the practices and drivers for the wearing of non-sterile gloves by healthcare workers in acute and community hospital ward settings, especially as non-sterile gloves are used so extensively across the NHS.

The study involved the collection of information relating to hand hygiene practices and the use of non-sterile gloves, via questionnaires and interviews. The results of the study will be used to inform the development of interventions to improve practice and to ultimately reduce the spread of infection. At present all the data has been collected, and the results are being analysed. We now look forward to presenting the key findings.

The Glove study also links into international programmes such as COST action on Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious diseases (AmiCI), which brings together a variety of scientists and healthcare professionals across the globe, who again are looking at reducing hospital acquired infections. For this aspect of the work, understanding how healthcare professionals interact with surfaces is key to designing effective intervention strategies for the prevention of hospital acquired infections.

For this study we recruited our own Trust staff, and our thanks goes to everyone who shared their views or completed questionnaires.