Boxing clever with surgical gloves

Clean boxed gloves are just as safe as sterile gloves for minor surgical procedures and Australian researchers say doctors can save just over $1 per pair if they switch.

They make the finding in a study of 478 patients who underwent procedures at a primary care clinic in far north Queensland, with the doctors being randomised to either sterile or boxed gloves.

An MJA report on the study says 9% had developed a wound infection by the time they returned to have their stitches removed - 8.7% in the clean boxed group and 9.3% in