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Document ID (ISN)104560
CIS number 06-152
ISSN - Serial title 1542-8117 - AIHA Journal
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Korniewicz D.M., Garzon L., Plitcha S.
Title Health care workers: Risk factors for nonlatex and latex gloves during surgery
Bibliographic information Nov.-Dec. 2003, Vol.64, No.6, p.851-855. 43 ref.
Abstract This study examined glove failure factors in both non-latex and latex surgical gloves after routine use. Surgical gloves were collected from persons directly involved in surgical procedures. A total of 11,118 surgical gloves were examined in the laboratory for visual defects and barrier integrity. The overall defect rate was 7.8%; non-latex gloves were significantly more likely to fail (8.4%) than latex gloves (6.9%). Latex and non-latex gloves fail under different conditions. Latex gloves fail primarily due to length of use, whereas non-latex gloves are more sensitive to conditions of us (e.g. type of health care worker and type of surgery). Users can help guard against glove defects by double gloving and by changing gloves often, especially when using non-latex gloves in higher-risk surgeries.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; operating theatres; material failure; health care personnel; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) latex; natural rubber
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Hand and arm protection