Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 251, Issue 3, pp 111–114 | Cite as

Incidence of glove perforation during episiotomy repair

  • B. Arena
  • N. Maffulli
  • I. Vocaturo
  • G. Scognamiglio


A total of 416 gloves were tested for punctures after 200 episiotomy repairs. Evidence of perforation was found in 34 (8%) of the gloves used and in only half the cases did the surgeon actually realise that a perforation had occurred. The left index finger and thumb were more often perforated than other parts of the gloves. The implications of the findings, especially as regards spread of infections to surgeons, are discussed.

Key words

Glove perforation Infection Episiotomy repair 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Arena
    • 1
  • N. Maffulli
    • 2
  • I. Vocaturo
    • 3
  • G. Scognamiglio
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology King’s DriveEastbourne District General HospitalEastbourne
  2. 2.Newham General HospitalLondonUK
  3. 3.NapoliItaly
  4. 4.Second Medical School, Institute of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity “Federico II”NapoliItaly

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