Fifty shades of surgical gloves: fifty uses in surgery


  • Diaa Othman Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield
  • Amitabh Thacoor Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield
  • Sharmila Jivan Department of Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield



Surgical gloves, Innovative ideas


The primary use of surgical gloves in theatre is to maintain antiseptic sterile interface between the surgeon and the patient. Since their pioneer use in the late 19th century, their innovative uses have continued to evolve with time. This is mainly true in less fortunate countries where resources are limited and under constant financial constraints. However, such uses are still beneficial even in first world countries, when such readily available gloves can serve the propose of other more expensive material, or more importantly, when such materials are not readily available. This paper explores and summarizes these common 50 uses in different categories of surgical specialties.


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