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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: QI
Quintessence International

Edited by Eli Eliav

ISSN 0033-6572 (print) • ISSN 1936-7163 (online)

Publication:
August 1993
Volume 24 , Issue 8

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The use of sterile versus nonsterile gloves during out- patient exodontia

Giglio/Roland/Laskin/Grenevicki

Pages: 543-545
PMID: 8272491

One hundred twenty-four patients who showed no clinical evidence of acute infection, were not taking antibiotics, and were to undergo routine removal of erupted teeth were studied. Patients were alternately assigned to surgeons who were wearing sterile or nonsterile, but clean, gloves. Surgery was performed in the usual manner and no post-operative antibiotics were prescribed. None of the patients was found to be infected postoperatively. Results of this prospective study suggest that routine exodontia can be safely performed by a surgeon wearning nonsterile, but surgically clean, gloves without increasing the risk of postoperative infection.

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