During an operative procedure, surgical gloves are worn as a protective barrier to reduce the risk of disease transmission for the perioperative team as well as patients. Unfortunately, glove perforation during surgery does occur and increases the risk of disease transmission and possible infection. Research has shown that the perforation rate for wearing two pairs of gloves is significantly lower versus single gloving.
The OR is a unique environment with inherent peculiarities that increase the chance of glove failure. In this video, a trauma surgeon and two epidemiologists discuss exposure risk in the OR that is associated with higher glove failure, and recommended best practices to reduce your risk.