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Clarification: Vol. 42, No. 35

The article "Handwashing and Glove Use in a Long-Term-Care Facility -- Maryland, 1992," stated that no national guidelines exist for infection-control practices in long-term-care facilities (LTCFs). However, the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control, Inc., a national organization of infection-control practitioners, has written guidelines for infection prevention and control in LTCFs and for the use of topical anti-microbial agents (1,2). The guideline for infection prevention and control underscores the need for handwashing and glove use but does not recommend a specific policy for determining when handwashing or glove use is necessary in long-term-care settings. The guideline for use of topical antimicrobial agents suggests a ranking scheme that could be used in LTCFs and other health-care settings to determine when handwashing and/or glove use are needed.


  1. Smith PW, Rusnak PG. APIC guideline for infection prevention and control in the long-term care facility. Am J Infect Control 1991;19:198-215.

  2. Larson E. Guideline for use of topical antimicrobial agents. Am J Infect Control 1988;16:253-66.

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