Do your surgical glove characteristics and wearing habits affect your tactile sensibility?

Philipp Moog, Manuela Schulz, Julia Betzl, Daniel Schmauss, Jörn A. Lohmeyer, Hans Günther Machens, Kai Megerle, Holger C. Erne

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Abstract

Backround: Tactile sensibility plays a critical role in medicine, especially in surgical practice. In order to prevent surgical site infections and protect the surgeon, the use of surgical gloves is standard practice. However, wearing these might affect the sensibility of the hand disadvantageously, especially in disciplines that require precision work. Methods: We evaluated the influence of six different glove types, as well as gloves wearing habits (double gloving, over- and undersized gloves) on tactile sensibility using two-point-discrimination and Semmes-Weinstein monofilament testing in 27 non-surgeons. Results: There were significant differences regarding tactile sensibility of gloved compared to bare hands and between different types of gloves. While undersized gloves and double gloving did not affect tactile sensibility, oversized gloves were associated with a significant deterioration of the sensibility of the hand in the Semmes-Weinstein monofilament test. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that surgical gloves negatively affect the sensibility of the hand and show significant differences between different types of gloves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Medicine and Surgery
Volume57
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Semmes-Weinstein-test
  • Sensibility of the hand
  • Surgical gloves
  • Two-point discrimination

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