Love the Glove: Glove Use in Hospitals Appears to Cut Risk of Needlestick Injury
August 10, 2010
Wearing gloves reduces the risk of injury by needles and sharp medical devices, or sharps injuries, by about 66 percent, according to a new study by Canadian and U.S. researchers. Double-gloving brought the risk down further, by about 80 percent.
In case-crossover analyses, gloves reduced injury risk (incidence rate ratio [IRR] 0.33 [95 percent CI, 0.22-0.50]. Among scrubbed individuals, "involvement in an orthopedic procedure was associated with double-gloving at injury (adjusted odds ratio, 13.7 [95 percent CI, 4.55-41.3]); this gloving practice was associated with decreased injury risk (IRR, 0.20 [95 percent CI, 0.10-0.42])."
07.31.2010; Helen Branswell
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