Use of sterile gloves in the management of sutured hand wounds in the A&E department

Injury. 1986 May;17(3):193-5. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(86)90333-5.


In a single-blind, controlled, prospective trial of 242 sutured wounds of the hand in the A&E department there was increased late purulent infection in those treated without gloves. This difference is statistically significant. We recommend wearing of sterile gloves to suture all wounds in A&E departments.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Gloves, Surgical*
  • Hand Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Random Allocation
  • Sterilization
  • Suture Techniques
  • Wound Infection / prevention & control*