Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?

Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?
Are sterile gloves necessary for minor procedures?

 When it comes to minor procedures such as uncomplicated lacerations and abscess incision and drainage, I was always taught the importance of sterile gloves and a sterile field.

Contaminate your gloves? Change them out and get another pair. I worked religiously under this assumption, neurotically changing my gloves at the thought of any contamination. But then one day I met an attending who told me this was a completely unnecessary practice. I did not believe him at first, but my interest was piqued.

Could it be true? Could using sterile gloves really be a waste of resources? As a person that favors non-sterile gloves over sterile gloves, I decided that I needed to do a little research for myself.

I am not a fan of sterile gloves for several reasons. Firstly, I hate the idea of not being able to touch anything outside of my sterile field. Once I don sterile gloves, MC Hammer's “Can't Touch This” becomes the overwhelming theme of the procedure.

All of a sudden, everything outside of my sterile field develops a magnetic force that pulls me to having to touch it. Add this to my desire to change gloves if I want to touch something and my hands are bloody, and I can go through a good two to three pair of gloves in a single procedure. In addition, they do not fit my hands the way clean non-sterile gloves do.

Page 1 of 2
You must be a registered member of Clinical Advisor to post a comment.

Next Article in The Waiting Room

Sign up for Newsletters