Surgical glove perforation enhanced the risk of infections during surgery where antimicrobial prophylaxis is not applied, according to research published in the June 2009 issue of Archives of Surgery.

Around 4.5% of the procedures in the research reported surgical site infections. According to the University Hospital Basel researchers who carried out the study, the likelihood of such an infection was more when antimicrobial prophylaxis was not applied.

The study was conducted on 4,147 surgical procedures in visceral surgery, vascular surgery and traumatology divisions.

Researchers recommended double gloving and changing of gloves during lengthy surgical procedures to reduce the risks of glove perforation.