Top Clinical Concerns Related to Surgical Gloves

December 2015

RoseMarie Squeo , RN, BSN, MA
Senior Consultant, Clinical Operations 

William Halstead, M.D., the great surgical innovator, introduced sterilized surgical gloves in the late 19th century, saving countless lives over many generations. Gloving material and techniques have advanced considerably since then, especially in recent years as knowledge of how to maximize safety for patients and health professionals has advanced.

This article summarizes recent surgical glove innovations, relevant research and current best practices for surgical gloving. It further discusses trade-offs and concerns common in operating rooms transitioning from older gloving practices to newer, safer ones.

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