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This article has been peer reviewed. It is the authors' final version prior to publication in Journal of Arthroplasty

Volume 27, Issue 7, August 2012, Pages 1271-1275.

The published version is available at DOI: 10.1016/j.arth.2012.01.021. Copyright © Elsevier Inc.


Literature in regard to glove perforation rates in revision total joint arthroplasty (TJA) is scarce. Our purpose was to determine the incidence of perforation in revision TJA. Gloves from all scrubbed personnel were tested based on the American Society for Testing and Materials. A total of 3863 gloves were collected from 58 primary and 36 revision arthroplasty cases. Surgeons had a 3.7% outer-glove perforation rate in primary TJA compared with 8.9% in revision TJA. When both gloves were perforated, the outer-glove perforation was recognized intraoperatively 100% of the time, and the inner-glove perforation was noted only 19% of the time. The surgeon has the highest rate of glove perforation. Outer-glove perforations should prompt careful inspection of the inner glove.

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