COCHRANE SYSTEMATIC REVIEW: Gloves, gowns and masks for reducing the transmission of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the hospital setting
Implications for practice: Unknown for effectiveness in the prehospital setting
Review Overview: We found no studies assessing the effects of wearing gloves, gowns or masks for contact with MRSA hospitalised patients, or with their immediate environment, on the transmission of MRSA to patients, hospital staff, patients' caregivers or visitors. This absence of evidence should not be interpreted as evidence of no effect for these interventions. The effects of gloves, gowns and masks in these circumstances have yet to be determined by rigorous experimental studies, such as cluster-randomised trials involving multiple wards or hospitals, or interrupted time series studies
LINK to Cochrane Library: Issue 7, 2015 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007087.pub2/abstract