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  1. McGoldrick, Mary MS, RN, CRNI


The nursing bag has been used by home care visiting staff for decades to carry needed equipment and supplies to provide patient care in the home. The nursing bag is transported from patient home to home and may serve as a vehicle for transmitting microorganisms by virtue of the bag's contact with the staff's hands and contact with the patient's environment. This article establishes guidelines for the management of the nursing bag used by home care and hospice staff and offers strategies to prevent and control the transfer of microorganisms through its use.