Innovative uses of disposable gloves in plastic surgery

Innovative uses of disposable gloves in plastic surgery Eur J Plast Surg (2017) 40:165–168 DOI 10.1007/s00238-016-1250-2 SHORT COMMUNICATION 1 2 Amitabh S. Thacoor & Diaa Othman Received: 29 September 2016 /Accepted: 5 October 2016 /Published online: 21 October 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016 Surgical gloves are indispensable during operative procedures is placed on the patient’s hand following adequate skin to maintain antisepsis. In 1896, William S. Halsted from the preparation. The glove finger tip is cut distally to isolate Johns Hopkins Hospital pioneered their use initially as a pro- the injured finger and the remaining glove is rolled down tective tool protecting the surgeon’s hands against the hazard- to the metacarpophalanageal joint to act as a tourniquet ous dermatological effects of potent antiseptics used at the around it. time [1]. Surgical gloves evolved into a safety barrier against 2. Wrist tourniquet: In addition, the use of a glove tourni- cross-contamination between surgeon and patient over the quet more proximally at the wrist has been reported by years, following Werner von Manteuffel’s first publication Guirguis and Bell [4] where a bloodless field was comparing the use of boiled sterilised rubber gloves to oper- achieved in 24 of 25 patients. ating with boiled hands in 1897 [2]. Since then, European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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