Non-sterile gloves ‘equally effective’ in infection prevention, researchers find

There was no significant difference in surgical site infection rates, doctors say.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Non-sterile gloves are just as effective in preventing surgical site infections as gold standard sterile gloves at only a fraction of the cost, doctors report.

Their meta-analysis suggests there is no significant difference in rates of surgical site infections (SSIs) when doctors repaired lacerations and wounds using sterile or non-sterile gloves.