Rolling down of the surgical glove is a very frequent occurrence during surgery and can be a contamination hazard. Many attempts at solving this problem, including double gloving (see photo), have not met with great success. Avoiding glove down-rolling would prevent exposure of the white cuffs of the surgical gown which are considered contaminated because of the following:

  • They are not not waterproof
  • They are considered unsterile when the hands pass beyond the cuff.
  • They tend to collect moisture.
  • They are not effective bacterial barriers.
  • If the glove rolls down, contamination may occur from inside out or from outside in.