Trial of the use of masks in the gynaecological operating theatre

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1984 Nov;66(6):432-3.


A randomly controlled trial was performed on 41 women having gynaecological surgery in which the team of surgeons and nurses wore or did not wear masks. After major abdominal surgery, 3 of 5 patients in the unmasked group developed wound infections whereas no infection was observed in the 4 patients of the masked group. A greater number of Streptococci were also found by settle-plates on the operating table in the unmasked group. No infection was recorded after minor or vaginal surgery.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / microbiology
  • Abdomen / surgery
  • Air Microbiology
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Period
  • Masks*
  • Operating Rooms*
  • Random Allocation
  • Streptococcus / isolation & purification
  • Surgical Wound Infection / prevention & control*
  • Vagina / surgery