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AORN study highlights benefits of double-gloving

Monday April 9, 2012
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Double-gloving with inner indicator gloves may protect nurses’ skin from needle sticks, according to results of a 24-month study published by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

The study in the March issue of AORN Journal examined the effect of double-gloving with inner indicator gloves on the durability of inner gloves and the detection of glove tears or perforations during surgery.

Denise Korniewicz, RN, PhD, FAAN, senior associate dean of research at the University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies, and Maher El-Masri, RN, PhD, associate professor and research leadership chairman at the University of Windsor in Canada, found that healthcare providers observed blood on their hands after surgery less frequently when they wore two pairs of gloves than when they wore a single pair.

The researchers also found the frequency of changing gloves during surgery was significantly higher among healthcare providers who wore dark-colored gloves under light-colored gloves than among those wearing two pairs of gloves of the same color.

The majority of healthcare providers in the study expressed favorable views about double-gloving, according to an AORN news release.

The study is available via subscription or purchase at http://bit.ly/GYuDxj.

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