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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152711
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Impact of Conversion to Powder-Free Gloves on Operating Room Personnel
Abstract:
Impact of Conversion to Powder-Free Gloves on Operating Room Personnel
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Korniewicz, Denise, DNSc
P.I. Institution Name:University of Miami
Title:Associate Dean for Research
Co-Authors:Nantiya Chookaew, MSN, RN; Jeanine Brown, MSN; Nichol Bookhamer, BSN; Kim Mudd, MSN; Mary Elizabeth Bollinger, DO
Background: Healthcare workers (HCWs) exposed to continual use of NRL powdered gloves have a higher likelihood of developing occupational allergy symptoms such as urticaria, angioedema, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, bronchospasm and anaphylaxisis. Operating room (OR) personnel are susceptible to NRL sensitization due to increased exposure from NRL gloves used. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of non-powdered NRL gloves and NRL sensitization among OR staff and to examine HCW satisfaction with non-powdered NRL surgical gloves. Methods: All participants were given Surveys that included demographics data, self-reported symptoms with NRL exposure before and after the OR was converted to powder-free as well as other allergic symptoms, specifically NRL food related symptoms, glove use practices and glove satisfaction. Participants were asked to consent to a blood test for NRL specific IgE utilizing a Radioallergosorbent test. Results: A total of 103 operating room HCWs were enrolled. After conversion to a non-powdered OR, there was a significant decrease in reported symptoms with NRL exposure (42% pre and 29% post, p = 0.0001). There was a 27% decrease in skin symptoms (88% pre vs.61% post, p =0.006), and a 12% decrease in upper respiratory symptoms (44% pre vs. to 32% post, p = 0.0001). HCWs rated non-powdered gloves at or above expectations for all parameters including quality, comfort, safety, performance, standardization, needle stick injuries and durability. Conclusions: Based on our results, we would recommend the following: 1) removal of powdered NRL gloves from the operating room; 2) involvement of employees in the process of choosing gloves that will be well accepted by personnel; 3) counseling of HCWs with positive NRL serology or symptoms with NRL exposure to routinely use non-powdered non-NRL gloves; and 4) provision of routine training to OR personnel about NRL sensitivity and proper glove use.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleImpact of Conversion to Powder-Free Gloves on Operating Room Personnelen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152711-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Impact of Conversion to Powder-Free Gloves on Operating Room Personnel</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Korniewicz, Denise, DNSc</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Miami</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Dean for Research</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dkorniewicz@miami.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Nantiya Chookaew, MSN, RN; Jeanine Brown, MSN; Nichol Bookhamer, BSN; Kim Mudd, MSN; Mary Elizabeth Bollinger, DO</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: Healthcare workers (HCWs) exposed to continual use of NRL powdered gloves have a higher likelihood of developing occupational allergy symptoms such as urticaria, angioedema, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, bronchospasm and anaphylaxisis. Operating room (OR) personnel are susceptible to NRL sensitization due to increased exposure from NRL gloves used. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of non-powdered NRL gloves and NRL sensitization among OR staff and to examine HCW satisfaction with non-powdered NRL surgical gloves. Methods: All participants were given Surveys that included demographics data, self-reported symptoms with NRL exposure before and after the OR was converted to powder-free as well as other allergic symptoms, specifically NRL food related symptoms, glove use practices and glove satisfaction. Participants were asked to consent to a blood test for NRL specific IgE utilizing a Radioallergosorbent test. Results: A total of 103 operating room HCWs were enrolled. After conversion to a non-powdered OR, there was a significant decrease in reported symptoms with NRL exposure (42% pre and 29% post, p = 0.0001). There was a 27% decrease in skin symptoms (88% pre vs.61% post, p =0.006), and a 12% decrease in upper respiratory symptoms (44% pre vs. to 32% post, p = 0.0001). HCWs rated non-powdered gloves at or above expectations for all parameters including quality, comfort, safety, performance, standardization, needle stick injuries and durability. Conclusions: Based on our results, we would recommend the following: 1) removal of powdered NRL gloves from the operating room; 2) involvement of employees in the process of choosing gloves that will be well accepted by personnel; 3) counseling of HCWs with positive NRL serology or symptoms with NRL exposure to routinely use non-powdered non-NRL gloves; and 4) provision of routine training to OR personnel about NRL sensitivity and proper glove use.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:46:51Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:46:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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