Decreased dexterity and feel due to the use of double gloving was highlighted by several papers.
Edlich et al (2005) feels that it takes a little time to get use to double gloving, especially if the individual has found the experience uncomfortable from the start.
The aim of this article was to review the literature with regard to best practice on surgical gloving for perioperative staff undertaking scrub duties.
The role of surgical gloving is seen by Parish (2006) to minimise the risk of surgical site infection for the patient.
This article has reviewed the literature available for surgical gloving in the prevention of cross infection.
Double gloving may be uncomfortable, reduce manual dexterity and tactile sensitivity, but it provides increased protection from penetration of needlestick injuries, as well as when handling other sharps, such as blades or sutures.
A double glove indicator system should be the preferred option, over gloves of the same colour, when double gloving.
Florman S, Burgdof M, Finigan K, Slakey D, Hewitt R, Nichols R 2005 Efficacy of double gloving with an intrinsic indicator system Surgical Infection 6(4) 385-395
This result presents the number of perforations in inner gloves when comparing standard double gloving against knitted cloth gloves worn on top of latex gloves.
Hester found 9% (8/87) of inner gloves were perforated in the double gloving (with orthopaedic gloves) group and 8% (7/88) of inner gloves were perforated in the knitted glove group.
Triple gloving involves wearing three pairs of latex surgical gloves on top of one another.
Fifty three percent (16/30) of inner gloves in the double gloving group were perforated compared with 0% (0/30) of gloves in the triple gloving group.
Double gloving with either two pairs of latex surgical gloves or a perforation indicator system is more effective than single gloving in reducing glove perforations.
There has been some resistance to double gloving by staff who feel their dexterity is compromised (St Germaine 2003).
All of the additional glove measures evaluated in this review: glove liners, knitted gloves and triple gloving provide significantly more protection than standard double gloving.