Comparison of compliance of glove use among anesthesia providers: A prospective blinded observational study

Basavana Goudra, Preet Mohinder Singh, Eilish Galvin

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Compliance of using gloves in the operating room (OR) is still poor amongst anesthesia providers. The practice of using gloves amongst OR anesthesia providers (attending anesthesiologists, anesthesia nurses, and trainees) in a tertiary care center was observed over 8 months. Observations were made during intravenous (IV) cannulations, laryngeal mask airway (LMA)/endotracheal tube (ETT) introductions, and ETT extubation/ LMA removals, without alerting anesthesia personnel. Ten observations were made from each of the procedures for every provider involved. 1,240 observations were made involving 8 attending anesthesiologists, 9 trainees, and 14 nurses. A Chi-square test showed significant difference of glove utilization rates between the groups during all 4 procedures. The highest compliance was observed in trainees (50%), followed by nurses (39.64%), and attending anesthesiologists (10.93%). All groups had their highest compliance levels during IV cannulation. Additionally, attending anesthesiologists had the lowest compliance levels during all individual procedures. Anesthesia nurses had the highest compliance during LMA removals (39.29%), whereas trainees showed the highest compliance in all other procedures. Glove usage by anesthesia providers during routine OR procedures continues to be low. Educational programs highlighting the hazards of noncompliance and strict departmental protocols may help to eliminate irregularities in the use of gloves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalAANA Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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