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J U N E 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 1 1 T here's no question that double-gloving helps support infection protection and prevention ini- tiatives, especially in the OR setting. In fact, double-gloving has been shown to reduce the risk of inner glove perforations by 71%, compared with sin- gle-gloving. 2 That's especially critical in the operating room, where surgical glove punctures and tears have been shown to present the greatest risk of blood contact for OR personnel. 1 It's no wonder double-gloving is considered a best prac- tice and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses, as well as many other prestigious healthcare organizations. But let's face it. Double-gloving can be a pain. And when best practices are a pain, people don't always adhere to them. Doctors and nurses complain that it takes too long to put on two pairs of gloves. And it's awkward, they say, trying to adjust the underglove in such a way that the gloves fit together perfectly and provide adequate tactility. Some also object to the excess waste created by having to open two pairs of gloves. Beyond that, even if OR personnel do double-glove, they might not be well protected from exposure to blood and other bodily fluid transmissions. If the gloves are the same color, a tear in the outside glove may go unnoticed until it's too late. Ansell has the answer: A system that makes double- gloving both easier and more effective. The GAMMEX® PI Glove-in-Glove System™ is the first-to-market, pre- donned double-gloving system that makes double-glov- ing faster and easier. The outer and inner gloves are pre-donned, so double- gloving is accomplished in just one don. The gloves are also aligned at the fingertips, so there's little or no need to adjust them once they're on. Additionally, the outer gloves come off easily, thanks to the smooth upper sur- face of the inner gloves, making it easy to accommodate intraoperative changes. The system also makes breach detection easier, because the outer glove is semitransparent, and the inner glove is green. That combination makes it easy for the OR team to see tears in the outer glove. That's crucial, because studies show that visual identification of breaches improves by as much as 86% when inner gloves are a contrasting color. 3 The system also addresses environmental concerns. The pre-donned gloves are packed in one poly-pouch and one inner-wrap, providing a 50% reduction in inner packag- ing materials. Another important consideration: Both gloves are non- latex. Thus, they eliminate the risk of Type I latex allergies and minimize Type IV allergies and sensitivities. With so much at stake, it's time to consider effective double-gloving a necessary best practice, not just an optional one. Ansell keeps healthcare workers' needs at the forefront of PPE design, breeding innovation and solutions that address their needs while keeping them safe. The GAMMEX PI Glove-in-Glove System epito- mizes this, making a best practice even better. Visit ansell.com/os2gig or contact Customer Service at 855-868-5540 for samples and more information. 1. Smoot, Clyde E. Practical Precautions for avoiding sharp injuries and blood exposure Plast Reconstr Surg. 1998; vol. 101(2); 528-534 2. Mischke C. Verbeek JH, Saarto A. Lavoie MC, Pahwa M. Ijaz S Gloves, extra gloves spe- cial types of gloves for preventing percutaneous exposure injuries in healthcare personnel (Review) The Cochrane Collaboration 3. Partecke Ll, Goerdt A-M, Langner l, et al. Incidence in microperforation for surgical gloves depends on duration of wear. Infect Control Hosp Epidemial. 2009, 30:409-414. Double-Gloving is No Longer a Pain With This Innovative New Product Sponsored by SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT

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