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The Case for Concurrent Cases - November 2018 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 A s awareness of latex allergies has grown over the years, so, too, has the demand for non- latex gloves. Quality has caught up, too, so much so that it's hard to tell a non-latex glove from a latex glove in terms of comfort, tactile quali- ty and elasticity. "The gloves seem to feel exactly the same when you're wearing them," says hand sur- geon Julie Woodside, MD, of OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, N.C. "You'd probably never notice if it was latex or non- latex." If you're shopping for non- latex gloves, here are some things to keep in mind: • The basic material. Nitrile, a synthetic rubber, is the predominant material for non-latex gloves. Nitrile resists punctures, is good for wearing during lengthier cases and has a long shelf life. Nitrile gloves are pretty close to natural rubber latex gloves in terms of flexibility, sensitivity, thinness, feel and ease of donning, says Robert Brown, MD, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md. Non-Latex Surgical Gloves Safety for your OR team and patients without sacrificing comfort, fit or feel. Thinking of Buying … Mike Morsch | Associate Editor • THE RIGHT FEEL Hand surgeon Julie Woodside, MD, of OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, N.C., prefers a very thin non-latex glove because it lets her better feel her instruments. OrthoCarolina

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