Intactness of Medical Non-sterile Gloves on Use of Alcohol Disinfectants

Jiyoung Chang, M.D., Tae-Dong Jeong, M.D., Seungok Lee, M.D., Yeongsic Kim, M.D., Je-hoon Lee, M.D., Hae Kyung Lee, M.D., and Hi Jeong Kwon, M.D.
Department of Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul; Department of Laboratory Medicine, Ewha Woman’s University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

…or Can you use the same gloves on more the one patient by using alcohol hand sanitizer between patients?

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…”All the gloves were intact after application of alcohol disinfectant 30 times, while one brand of latex gloves stayed intact after application of 83% ethanol 100 times. Rules pertaining to the changing of gloves for blood sampling may depend on institutional policies. It is known that prolonged use of gloves can lead to hand irritation and other problems, and some non-petroleum based creams may affect the gloves’ integrity; hence, extended periods of glove use should be avoided. In St. Paul’s Hospital, for the purpose of convenience and expediency of work, we introduced glove change policies that mandate gloves to be changed every 10 minutes or after blood collection from five patients even when there is no visible contamination or perforation.”

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