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Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2009 July; 91(5): 439.
PMCID: PMC2758456
Technical Notes and Tips
Bruce Campbell, Section Editor

Using Sterile Co-Polymer Overgloves as Undergloves Prevents Hands from ‘Smelling’ After Contaminated Abdominal Surgery

When performing contaminated abdominal surgery, one of the problems that all surgeons will have experienced is the nasty ‘smell’ left on their hands after the procedure, even when double-gloving. Surgeons at our institution have found that by using a pair of sterile co-polymer overgloves as undergloves (e.g. Bodyguards®; Medisavers, E: ku.oc.srevasidem@selas) instead of a pair of latex gloves results in no ‘smell’ being transmitted to the hands. One of the major problems reported by surgeons when using two pairs of gloves is loss of tactile sensitivity.1 We have found that these gloves do not significantly affect tactile sensitivity.


1. Twomey CL. Double gloving: a risk reduction strategy. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2003;29:369–78. [PubMed]

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