Study records operating room staff observations on double gloving

By: March 27th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Healthcare providers observed blood on their hands after surgery more frequently when they wore a single pair of gloves than when they wore two pairs of gloves and generally had a favorable opinion on double gloving, according to a study by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).

Appearing in the the March issue of AORN Journal, “Exploring the Benefits of Double Gloving During Surgery” examines the effect of double gloving with inner indicator gloves on the durability of inner gloves and the detection of glove tears or perforations during surgery.

“Double gloving by itself may protect the wearer’s skin from needle sticks because breaches are more likely to occur to the outer gloves than the inner gloves,” according to the study’s authors, Denise Korniewicz, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Maher El-Masri, PhD, RN.

The study also found that the frequency of changing gloves during surgery was significantly higher among those healthcare providers who wore dark-colored gloves under light-colored gloves than those who wore two pairs of gloves that were the same color.


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