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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Infection Control - May 2018

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1. Emphasize its importance The benefits and safety margin of double gloving are still not clear to many surgical team members, according to Mary J. Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR, senior perioperative practice spe- cialist at AORN. "Anytime you have a hole in your glove, you could be increasing the risk for surgical site infections," she says. "A double layer of gloves reduces the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens and also reduces the risk of healthcare workers transmitting any type of bloodborne pathogens to patients." Jos H. Verbeek, MD, PhD, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, says the evidence for double gloving's benefits is irrefutable. "The argument for double gloving is that it protects better against needlestick injuries," he says. "Dozens of randomized trials have shown that the number of perforations in inner gloves is greatly reduced compared with the number in single gloves." If you've been doing something one way for many years, there's a reluctance to change. A lot of surgical professionals have always used single gloves and have never been injured. But that does not change the fact that double gloving improves safety for both patients and staff. To make change happen, change the culture, suggests Ms. Ogg. "Your staff must understand that while they may not have had prob- lems in the past, they could someday transmit something to a patient 6 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A y 2 0 1 8 • CLEAR INDICATOR Wearing different colored gloves make small tears on the outerglove more visible and alerts staff to change into intact pairs. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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