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Title: A study on powdering of reusable surgical gloves.
Authors: Somwang Danchaivijitrmd
Pairoj Suwanasuthi
Rachada Cherdrungsi
Yuwadee Tuntiwattanapibul
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2005
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet.. Vol.88 Suppl 10, (2005)
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To study the need of powdering surgical gloves and to produce a powdering machine. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The need of powdering surgical gloves was done by questionnaires to directors or chiefs of purchase departments in 29 hospitals across the country. The practice in powdering surgical gloves was given by chiefs of the central sterile supply department (CSSD). A powdering machine was produced by the researchers in consultation with CSSD personnel in a hospital. The quality of powdering surgical gloves was evaluated by infection control nurses in the hospital. Cost comparison was done by a health economist. RESULTS: The study in 2002 revealed that all of the 29 hospitals used recycled surgical gloves. Powdering of surgical gloves was done by hand in 27.6% and by powdering machine in 62.10%. Corn powder was used in 55.2% and talc in 41.4%.Defects in powdering ranged from 1.1% to 51.7%. No defects was found in surgical gloves powdered by the machine produced by the researchers. The costs for powdering and one pair of reused surgical gloves were 0.10 and 5.59 baht respectively. CONCLUSION: Surgical gloves were reused in all hospitals in Thailand The powdering machine was effective and was not difficult to make.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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