Baltimore Hospital Malpractice Lawyers: Respiratory Viruses And Universal Gloving – A Good Fit

Autumn is on its way, ushering in cooler weather and the annual onslaught of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). For young children and older adults, RSV feels like a bad cold that targets the lungs and airways, causing inflammation, and sometimes serious medical issues or even death. A recent study suggests use of gloves by health care providers lowers the spread of this contagious disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RSV is the most common cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in young children. Most children are infected by the virus by their second birthday. For infants and children under age one with heart, lung or other serious medical problems, RSV can prove fatal.

In a study of hospital acquired infections (HAI), researchers at the Carver College of Medicine and the University of Iowa investigated the benefits of universal gloving on pediatric units. Overall, gloving reduced HAIs by 25 percent — but not in all units. Findings about universal gloving of healthcare workers included:

  • Reduction of risk of central-line associated bloodstream infections by 37 percent
  • Reduction of HAIs in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units and the bone marrow transplant unit between 37 and 48 percent
  • No reduction of HAIs in hematology-oncology unit or the pediatric surgical unit

Study author, Dr. Eli N. Perencevich noted, “[w]e must invest in research that looks at simple and already developed technology such as wearing gloves, cleaning the rooms better or improving hand hygiene. Simple interventions exist, but we need to find out where and how they can be implemented to prevent these terrible infections.”

Reducing RSV helps reduce HAIs. This cold and flu season, wash your hands — and if you take your child or elderly relative to the doctor?  Make sure the doctor washes too, or better yet, wears gloves. However, even the best practices might not completely eliminate the possibility of HAIs and RSVs. If you or a loved one has been suffered from an HAI, you may be able to seek compensation. Contact a skilled Baltimore hospital malpractice lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to help you with your legal matters and claim.