By Megan Wood
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques concludes that removing outer gloves before handling instrumentation could reduce postoperative infection after lumber spinal fusion.
Here are five things to know:
1. Postoperative infection rates following posterior lumbar spine fusion can be up to 9 percent.
2. Surgeons’ gloves are the culprit, carrying organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus from patients’ skin to their wounds.