Glove change - when and why?Intact surgical gloves are an integral component to surgical staff and patient safety. They provide a barrier to protect against the transmission of potentially infectious agents and play a key role in surgical asepsis. Standards are in place to safeguard that gloves begin intact, but surgical glove perforations during procedures are unfortunately a common occurrence, meaning that asepsis is breached which offers an opportunity for microbial contamination. Recent research into the causes and prevention of glove perforation recommend the routine use of double gloves and the systematic changing of the outer gloves at designated times to reduce the incidence of perforations.
Review Partecke et al clinical paper summary on the Incidence of Microperforation for Surgical Gloves Depends on Duration of Wear. Results demonstrate that out of 889 pairs of gloves trialed, 19% (171) had undetected perforations, concluding that glove changes as often as every 90 minutes may be prudent.