A Randomized Prospective Study of Glove Perforation in Orthopaedic Surgery: Is a Thick Glove More Effective?

Chang Dong Han, Jieun Kim, Sung Hwan Moon, Byung Ho Lee, Hyuk Min Kwon, Kwan Kyu Park

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We compared perforation rates among operative staff who were randomly assigned either thick latex surgical gloves or conventional gloves for use in performing total knee arthroplasty. A total of 1120 gloves were assessed in 70 total knee arthroplasties. Additionally, the degree of tactile sensitivity provided by the gloves was compared using a two-point discrimination (TPD) test. Perforation occurred in 27 surgeries (38.5%) and in 48 gloves (4.29%). Binary logistic regression analysis revealed that the operator was a risk factor for perforation rate (Odds ratio 14.448, P < .0.01) and that the type of glove was not (P = .896). In the TPD test, tactile sensitivity was lower for a thick outer glove than the conventional double glove (P < .001 for each site). Not only did thick surgical gloves lower tactile sensitivity, they also offered no superior protective effect over conventional gloves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1878-1881
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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