Here's my policy:
* Whatever originated in the room, stays in the room.
That means wearing gloves when in the room. If I need to get something, I unglove, wash hands, walk out, get stuff, walk back in, wash hands, reglove.
If I need to take something out - I bag it (laundry, biohazard, specimen), tie the bag and take it out.
My co-workers would throw a fit if they saw me walking outside a patient room with gloves on!
PS: What "new" smileys