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November 1, 1913

Sterilization of Rubber Gloves by Boiling

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Chester, Pa.

JAMA. 1913;61(18):1648. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350190066030

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To the Editor:  —The method of sterilizing rubber gloves described by Dr. Ray Ernest Smith in The Journal, Oct. 18, 1913, p. 1475, is a good one when only one examination of the patient is required. I, however, prefer to boil them. I know then that they are absolutely safe. I put the gloves into a small pan of water, place it on an ordinary kitchen or oil stove, and let them boil a few minutes. This I do while I scrub my hands and arms with soap and water, using no antiseptic whatever. I allow cold water to run into the gloves to dislodge the hot, and draw them on while they are distended. After each examination I put the gloves back into the hot water and give them another boil. Frequent boiling of rubber gloves does not impair their quality if they are not roughly handled and if

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