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February 19, 1992

Glove Tears and Sharp Injuries in Surgical Personnel-Reply

Author Affiliations

The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Ontario

JAMA. 1992;267(7):934. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480070050027

In Reply.  —Dr Beck has raised an important issue that many gloves have small holes prior to being used. The majority of glove perforations in our study were not small holes, but were large tears visible with the naked eye noted by the surgical staff at the conclusion of the procedure.As Beck suggests, a thimble or other form of protection on the palmar side of the distal phalanx of the nondominant hand might prevent many sharp injuries. However, only 25% to 50%1,2 of sharp injuries occur at this site and thus other strategies for prevention will be required.