Double gloving prevents exposure to pathogens in OR

March 7, 2012
Double gloving prevents exposure to pathogens in OR

(HealthDay) -- Double gloving during surgery reduces the risk for transmission of bloodborne pathogens to medical personnel as well as minimizing the transfer of health care-associated infections to patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the AORN Journal.

Denise Korniewicz, Ph.D., R.N., of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and Maher El-Masri, Ph.D., R.N., of the University of Windsor in Canada, gathered information on glove use by 702 providers (, registered nurses, attending physicians, surgical fellows, and surgical technologists) at two major medical centers and one during a 24-month period. Gloves were collected, coded, and tested following 4,580 events or surgeries.

The researchers note that 471 participants provided views about double gloving, with the being favorable and 27.4 percent of respondents thinking double gloves were not needed. However, 36.7 percent thought double gloving was uncomfortable, 31.8 percent believed it caused numbness or tingling of the hand, 39.5 percent said it decreased sensation, and 25.3 percent believed double gloves decreased work efficiency. Of 37,794 gloves tested, 8,723 pairs were in the category of double gloves and the rate of visible defects was 0.3 percent in the inner glove, compared with a 1.3 percent defect rate found in single-glove usage.

"The frequency of seeing blood on the hand after surgery was greater with single gloving than with double gloving, and the frequency of changing gloves during surgery was significantly higher among those who double gloved with an indicator glove system versus double gloving alone," the authors write. "We recommend that surgical who experience difficulty with double gloving try to overcome these issues by using gloves that fit comfortably or are sized correctly for both the inner and outer pair."

Explore further: Challenges in stemming the spread of resistant bacteria in intensive care

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Recommended for you

A recipe for long-lasting livers

April 22, 2015

People waiting for organ transplants may soon have higher hopes of getting the help that they need in time. Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology have developed a new technique that extends the time that ...

Surgeon to offer ideas on a way to do human head transplants

February 26, 2015

Sergio Canavero of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group has made it known that he intends to announce at this summer's American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons meeting, that he believes he has put together ...

New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

July 3, 2014

A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study.

New imaging technique sharpens surgeons' vision

February 11, 2014

Which superhuman power would you choose for help on the job? For Dr. Julie Margenthaler, it's a technology that brings to mind X-ray vision, used for the first time Monday during an operation to remove a patient's lymph node.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.