The puncture of surgical gloves is fairly commonplace in all major surgical specialties. The rate of perforation varies close to 12% for dermatologists to almost 44% in gynecological surgeries. Studies have indicated the presence of blood inside of the surgeons gloves in 38% of these cases - yet the surgeon was only aware of a glove puncture in less than half of those cases. Modern advancements have created indicator gloves that can be used to warn a clinician that the outer glove has been punctured. This allows the surgeon to put on a new pair of gloves for his own personal protection.
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