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Hazards to surgeons in trauma and elective orthopaedic surgery: use of an electronic device to warn of intraoperative glove perforations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1416699     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An electronic device intended to detect glove punctures as they occur peroperatively has been described previously. This study reports the experience of its use in 80 orthopaedic cases. The device detected all punctures, except one, where fluid could have contacted the surgeon's hand (n = 16). Wet gowns and drapes are potential routes for transmission of pathogens, and were responsible for the alarm sounding on 30 occasions. This device can minimise the exposure to potentially hazardous body fluids when glove punctures are not clinically apparent.
A J Hamer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0035-8843     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Publication Date:  1992 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-04     Completed Date:  1992-11-04     Revised Date:  2010-09-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506860     Medline TA:  Ann R Coll Surg Engl     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-11     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bristol Royal Infirmary.
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MeSH Terms
Body Fluids
Electronics, Medical*
Gloves, Surgical*
HIV Infections / prevention & control
Hepatitis B / prevention & control
Occupational Health*
Prospective Studies
Protective Devices*

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