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Tell Your Patients to Drink Up - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - March 2019

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5 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • M A R C H 2 0 1 9 O f the safety measures surgeons tend to turn their masks up at, double gloving ranks up there with safe- ty sharps and smoke evacuation. But surgeons have loosened their grip on refusing to don a second pair of gloves. While nearly one-third of the 165 respon- dents to last month's Outpatient Surgery online poll say their sur- geons never (18%) or rarely (13%) double-glove, more than two-thirds of our respondents say their docs double-glove for some (34%), most (15%) or all (20%) cases. Ramon Berguer, MD, FACS, remembers when needlesticks were considered an accepted occupational hazard in the OR. It's been many years since Dr. Berguer and others in the medical community started preaching the importance of double-gloving. By the early 2000s, the Twice the Protection A trio of safety experts makes the argument for double-gloving. Matthew Nojiri | Senior Associate Editor • ONE OVER THE OTHER Wearing 2 pairs of gloves gives your OR team an extra layer of protection against sharps injuries and bloodborne diseases. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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