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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 129561, 5 pages
Research Article

Study of Glove Perforation during Hip Replacement Arthroplasty: Its Frequency, Location, and Timing

Department of Orthopedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Jiamusi University, Unit 3, 148 Xuefu Street, Xiangyang, Jiamusi, Heilongjiang 154007, China

Received 14 March 2014; Accepted 1 September 2014; Published 30 October 2014

Academic Editor: Pierre Parneix

Copyright © 2014 Li Xiao Tao and Deepak Kumar Basnet. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. The aim of the study was to evaluate the location, timing, and frequency of glove perforation during hip replacement arthroplasty. Methods. Gloves worn by surgical team members in 19 primary hip replacement arthroplasties were assessed. The study was of a single gloving system. All the used gloves were collected at the end of the surgery and assessed visually and by using water inflation technique. Relevant data were collected at the time of surgery. Results. A total of one hundred and ninety-one surgical gloves were evaluated. Twenty-three glove perforations were noted in nineteen of the operations. Of these perforations 14 belonged to gloves worn by surgeon and first assistant (60.1%). Glove perforation in thumb, index finger, and palm was more common. More perforation occurred in the gloves worn in nondominant hand (52%) but was insignificant. Conclusion. Glove perforation in surgeries such as total hip arthroplasty is not uncommon. In this study of single gloving system glove perforation rate was 12.04%, whereas literature reports of glove perforation rate as low as 3.3% in elective orthopedic surgeries with double gloving system. As such emphasis should be given to wear double pair of gloves wherever this practice is uncommon.