Navigation Links
Torn Surgical Gloves Put Patients at Risk for Infection
Date:6/16/2009

Giving antibiotics before operation might improve safety, study finds

TUESDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) -- Holes in surgical gloves increase the risk of surgical site infection among patients who aren't given antibiotics before their surgery, Swiss researchers say.

In procedures lasting more than two hours, the rate of glove perforations ranges from 8 percent to 50 percent, according to a study published in the June issue of the Archives of Surgery.

Sterile gloves worn by surgical staff can be perforated by needles, bone fragments and sharp surgical instruments, and the resulting holes enable skin-borne pathogens to travel from the hands of surgical staff into patients.

In the study, Dr. Heidi Misteli and colleagues analyzed 4,417 surgical procedures performed at University Hospital Basel between 2000 and 2001, and found that sterile glove perforations occurred in 677 of the surgeries. Antibiotic therapy given before surgery to prevent infection was used in 3,233 of the surgeries, including 605 of the surgeries involving perforated gloves.

Overall, there were 188 surgical site infections (4.5 percent of surgeries), with 7.5 percent of infections occurring in procedures performed with perforated gloves and 3.9 percent occurring in procedures where gloves remained intact, the researchers found.

In surgeries where antibiotics were used, glove perforation wasn't associated with surgical site infection. Among patients who didn't receive antibiotics, surgical site infection rates were 12.7 percent when glove perforation occurred and 2.9 percent when there was no glove perforation.

"The present results support an extended indication of surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis [antibiotics] to all clean procedures in the absence of strict precautions taken to prevent glove perforation," Misteli and colleagues concluded. "The advantages of this surgical site infection prevention strategy, however, must be balanced against the costs and adverse effects of the prophylactic antimicrobials, such as drug reactions or increased bacterial resistance."

The study authors noted that procedures to reduce the risk of glove perforation -- such as double gloving and replacing gloves more frequently --are effective and safe and should be encouraged.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about surgical site infections.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, June 15, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
2. Pioneer Surgical Technology Hires Vice President of New Business Development
3. Symmetry Medical Completes Acquisition Of Specialty Surgical Instruments
4. Innocoll Agrees the Sale of its CollaRx(R) GENTAMICIN SURGICAL IMPLANT and European Sales and Marketing Infrastructure to EUSA Pharma
5. Revolutionary HD Surgical Footage from North Shore-LIJ Surgeon to be Broadcast for the First Time on ABCs 20/20, National Geographic Channel
6. American Heart Association Surgical Supplement Journal Report: Appropriate Hospital Discharge System Can Prevent Future Cardiac Events
7. MAKO Surgical Corp. Names Frederic H. Moll, M.D. to Board of Directors
8. Study finds limiting work hours for surgical residents enhances training
9. STAAR Surgical Reports Operational Progress
10. Stille and Enova Form Strategic Partnership to Introduce Worlds Brightest LED Cordless Surgical Headlights Into Europe and Japan
11. PEAK Surgical Announces Positive Surgical Incision Wound Healing Results With the PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Torn Surgical Gloves Put Patients at Risk for Infection
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... United Benefit ... as the latest addition to its growing list of Partner Firms. S.S. ... Southeast, from Orlando to Huntsville and in between. , Harnessing the experience and ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... AHRA: ... winner and inspirational speaker Jan Fox will serve as keynote speaker at the ... provide participants with tools to more effectively communicate with their own organizational staff ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... it has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, ... by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Petaluma, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... newest and most versatile series of monitor mounts ever. , “Our goal was ... flexible and easy to install system that we have ever created.” said Darren Hulsey, ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... A new leadership team for Mid-South ... President Joe Wiley made the announcement Monday night, Feb. 8, prior to the evening ... of FHU and the creator of GO! Camp, has been named director. Gayle McDonald, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... , February 9, 2016 ... announced a collaboration with 10x Genomics to develop ... single-cell biology and bioinformatics. --> QGEN ... collaboration with 10x Genomics to develop and promote ... and bioinformatics. --> QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... 9, 2016 Mast Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE ... sickle cell disease and heart failure, today announced that it ... purchase common stock in an underwritten public offering.  The offering ... be no assurance as to whether or when the offering ... terms of the offering.   --> ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... FRANCISCO , February 9, 2016 ... biotechnology company focused on developing products for Regenerative Medicine, ... be a featured presenting company at Source Capital Group,s ... on February 10-11, 2016 in New York ... on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: