TITLE

No significant benefit from the use of double-gloving or perforation indication system

AUTHOR(S)
Porter, S
PUB. DATE
January 1999
SOURCE
British Dental Journal;1/9/1999, Vol. 186 Issue 1, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Aim To compare the incidence of glove perforation when double- or single gloved during routine treatment of HIV-positive patients. A glove perforation indication system was also assessed. Design Prospective, randomised and open study of glove perforation. Methods 138 consecutive HIV-positive patients underwent routine dental treatment by senior dental staff and dental hygienists in a teaching hospital. Staffwore either single gloves (Regent Biogel D or standard surgical gloves) or double gloves (Regent 'Reveal' perforation indication system or standard surgical gloves). A subjective assessment of glove comfort, sensitivity and ease of donning was made using a visual analogue scale. Results The incidence of glove perforation/procedure was low, 2.9%. There were no skin penetrating injuries, visible exposure to body fluids or unnoticed perforations. Double gloving was subjectively less comfortable and sensitive than single gloving (P < 0.0001). The glove perforation indication system did not increase the detection of intra-operative perforations. Conclusions There is unlikely to be any significant benefit from the use of a double gloving technique or perforation indication system during the routine dental treatment of HIV-positive patients.
ACCESSION #
9353600

 

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