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Emerg Med J 20:66 doi:10.1136/emj.20.1.66
  • Best evidence topic reports

Use of sterile gloves in the treatment of simple wounds

  1. Derek Keith Sage, East Anglian Trainees,
  2. Jon Argall, Senior Clinical Fellow,
  3. K Mackway-Jones
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK; kevin.mackway-jones{at}man.ac.uk

      Abstract

      A short cut review was carried out to establish whether the use of sterile gloves during the treatment of simple wounds reduces infections. Altogether 48 papers were found using the reported search, but none presented any evidence to answer the clinical question. More research is needed in this area and, in the mean time, local advice should be followed.

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