Studies of determinants of glove hole puncture during electrosurgery

Jeffrey G. Neal, Scott D. London, John N. Kheir, Frank P. Hunter, John G. Thacker, Richard F. Edlich

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Holes in surgical gloves are considered to be an important source of transmission of pathogens between patient and surgeon. The purpose of this study was to determine if electrosurgery could alter the integrity of latex surgical gloves. The effects of electrosurgery on 11 brands of commercially available latex surgical gloves were tested through an in vitro study that simulated the conditions in the operating room. Glove hole puncture was encountered only with coagulation current operating at the highest setting. In addition, maximal surface area contact with the hemostat to the glove surface was required to produce glove puncture. The presence of powder and glove hydration were not significant determinants of glove hole puncture. On the basis of our study, we believe that all surgical gloves tested offered the surgeon adequate protection at commonly used levels of cutting and coagulation current, as long as no breach existed prior to the donning of gloves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-290
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biomedical Materials Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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