April 1, 2008

Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic ban latex gloves from their ORs

By: OR Manager

The prospect of a surgical glove conversion is enough to make many OR directors think about retirement. Latex gloves, with their comfort, fit, and flexibility, have been the mainstay in ORs for generations. Now some major hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore—whose first chief of surgery, William Halsted, is credited with introducing rubber surgical gloves in the US in the 1890s—and the Cleveland Clinic's network of 9 hospitals have switched entirely to synthetic surgical gloves.

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