In-use comparison of latex gloves in two high-risk units: Surgical intensive care and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

D. M. Korniewicz, M. Kirwin, K. Cresci, C. Markut, E. Larson

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Abstract

This study was designed to compare use patterns and leakage of gloves from two high-risk units: a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) and an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) unit. During a 3-month interval, the use of gloves during clinical procedures by nursing personnel was observed and recorded. A total of 2900 latex examination gloves were collected and tested in the laboratory by the watertight leakage test: 59% (1714) were from the SICU and 41% (1186) from the AIDS unit. Twenty-four percent (700) of all gloves leaked: 29% (500/1714) leaked when worn by staff in the SICU as compared with 17% (200/1186) leakage rate in the AIDS unit (chi-square = 57.32, p < 0.05). This difference could be attributed in part to higher levels of stress to the gloves and longer wearing time in the SICU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Critical Care
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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