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Can surgical gloves be made thinner without increasing their liability to puncture?

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Publication Date
Volume
78
Issue
3 ( Pt 1)
Pages
186–187
Identifiers
PMID: 8779500
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

A new process has been used to develop Biogel Super-Sensitive gloves which are thinner but theoretically as strong as standard Biogel gloves. The two types of glove were compared for their effects on manual sensitivity and dexterity in a randomised controlled trial. The Super-Sensitive gloves impaired sensitivity significantly less than standard gloves but made no difference to the ability to tie knots. No statistically significant difference was shown in the resistance to perforation between the two types of gloves. Surgeons who prefer more sensitive but relatively strong gloves should find the new gloves useful.

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