Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Does the use of non-sterile (clean) gloves for office-based excisions result in more infections when compared to the use of sterile gloves?

Bottom-line:
Using non-sterile gloves does not increase the number of infections when compared to sterile gloves for outpatient minor/uncomplicated skin (not flap) excisions and laceration repair in immune-competent adults. The current standard of care of using sterile gloves in these procedures is likely unnecessary and more costly. Unclear if this applies to sebaceous cyst excision^ as these weren’t studied.

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Publication Date: 2017-1-9
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 13:38:48