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Review: double gloving during surgery prevents perforations of the inner glove, but its effect on infection is unknown

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Q Does double gloving during surgery prevent infection in patients or the surgical team and perforations of the inner glove?


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Cochrane Wounds Group Specialised Register (includes searches of Medline, CINAHL, and EMBASE/Excerpta Medica) (January 2006), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Issue 4, 2005), American Journal of Infection Control (1990–2000), conference proceedings, reference lists, glove manufacturing companies, and professional associations.

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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared ⩾2 types of gloving systems worn by members of the surgical team in any surgical specialty. 31 RCTs met the selection criteria. Assessment of methodological quality was based on randomisation, allocation concealment, inclusion and exclusion criteria, baseline comparability of groups, blinded assessment, and power calculation.

Embedded ImageOutcomes:

surgical site infection, blood borne infection in patients or surgical team, glove perforations detected by …

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  • For correspondence: Dr J Tanner, Derby City General Hospital, Derby, UK. judith.tanner{at}

  • Sources of funding: National Association of Theatre Nurses UK and Theatre Nurses Trust Fund UK.