How effective is the wearing of an overgown by attendants and visitors on the incidence of infection and death in infants in newborn nurseries?
Only 2 of the trials were considered to be of good quality, and there was variation between trials regarding policies on use of overgowns. No trials of visitor use of overgowns were found.
Overgowns are widely used in newborn nurseries and neonatal intensive care units. It is thought that gowns may help to prevent the spread of nosocomial infection and serve as a reminder to staff and visitors to wash their hands before contact with an infant.