Hospital workers often transfer germs when removing gloves, gowns

Florescent lotion and black light revealed that health care workers often contaminate their skin and clothing while removing their protective gear, researchers say.

This contamination can spread germs and place the health care workers at risk for infection, the authors write in JAMA Internal Medicine.

"It was surprising for the participants in the study to see that they frequently contaminated themselves during (personal protective equipment) removal," said senior author Dr. Curtis J. Donskey of the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center.