In this study, the use of alcohol-based hand rub on nitrile examination gloves did not compromise glove integrity or hamper the ability of anesthesia providers to safely perform anesthesia functions.
A total of 50 new gloves (not exposed to alcohol-based hand rub) were tested for integrity, and one had a microperforation. Of another 50 gloves that were worn as pairs by volunteers for 2 hours and had alcohol-based hand rub applied to them eight times, no microperforations were found.
All volunteers demonstrated tactile competence by picking up a coin from a table after the eight hand rubs. Increased stickiness was reported as the number of hand rubs progressed.
This study shows that limited use of alcohol-based hand rub does not compromise glove integrity or impede tactile skills essential for routine anesthesia care, and it is a practical, achievable intervention to reduce pathogen spread, the researchers say.Read More >>