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Document ID (ISN)57415
CIS number 92-320
ISSN - Serial title 0098-7484 - Journal of the American Medical Association
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wright J.G., McGeer A.J., Chyatte D., Ransohoff D.F.
Title Mechanisms of glove tears and sharp injuries among surgical personnel
Bibliographic information 25 Sep. 1991, Vol.266, No.12, p.1668-1671. 23 ref.
Abstract In this study, operating room personnel were interviewed immediately after a glove tear or sharp injury had occurred over a period of 3 months. During 2292 surgical procedures there were found to be 249 glove tears and 70 sharp injuries. The mechanism causing the tear could be identified in only 81 cases (33%), while 3 mechanisms accounted for 57% of the sharp injuries. It was concluded that the majority of glove tears have an unknown mechanism and routine wearing of double gloves may reduce the risk of exposure. The identification of specific mechanisms of sharp injuries should lead to effective strategies to prevent exposure.
Descriptors (primary) operating theatres; biological hazards; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) contagion; protective gloves
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; USA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Biological hazards