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Outer glove removal could reduce postoperative spinal surgery infection: 5 things to know

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.

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