A Cross-sectional Analysis of Glove Perforation in Primary and Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

Malays Orthop J. 2016 Nov;10(3):31-35. doi: 10.5704/MOJ.1611.010.


The number of total hip arthroplasties is ever increasing. Literature about glove perforation rates in arthroplasties in India is very scarce. The purpose of our study was to determine the incidence of glove perforation and increasing the awareness of possible glove perforations to decrease the risk of infection. We performed a prospective study in which we tested gloves worn by all scrubbed personnel. A total of 1408 gloves were collected from 42 primary total hip and 13 revision total hip arthroplasties. Incidence of glove perforation was found to be more in revision total hip arthroplasty. We found a greater outer glove perforation rate of about 38.33% as compared to 25 % inner glove perforation rate. Outer glove perforation was recognized 100% of time intraoperatively but inner glove perforation was noted only 17% of time. First assistant recorded highest rate of glove perforation.

Keywords: Surgical gloves; latex; perforation; primary total hip arthroplasty; revision total arthroplasty.