IMPORTANCE OF DOUBLE GLOVING DURING SURGERY
Double gloving during surgical procedures provides an additional level of protection against blood-borne infections and greatly reduces the risk of glove penetration.1 The practice of double gloving can protect healthcare workers (HCWs) and their patients. Double gloving reduces the risk of blood exposure by 85% when the outer glove punctures.2
The use of an indicator glove, sometimes referred to as a ‘two-color’ glove system, allows punctures to the outer glove to be more visually revealed when they occur. The ‘two-color’ glove system enables HCWs to recognize perforations in their gloves thus alerting to breaks in surgical asepsis, triggering the immediate need for glove change to protect themselves and their patients.3,4,5
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3. Thomas S, Agarwal M, Mehta G. Intraoperative glove perforation--single versus double-gloving in protection against skin contamination. Postgrad Med J. Jul 2001;77(909):458-460.
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5. Guo YP, Wong PM, Li Y, Or PP. Is double-gloving really protective? A comparison between the glove perforation rate among perioperative nurses with single and double gloves during surgery. American journal of surgery. Aug 2012;204(2):210-215.