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Non-sterile gloves were as safe as sterile gloves for repair of uncomplicated lacerations

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 Q In patients with soft tissue lacerations, is the use of clean non-sterile gloves for the repair of lacerations as safe as sterile gloves?

Clinical impact ratings FP/GP/Emergency ★★★★★☆☆ Emergency Medicine ★★★★★★☆ GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★★☆


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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded (patients, outcome assessors, {data collectors, and data analysts}).*

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mean telephone follow up of 23 days.

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3 community hospitals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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816 patients ⩾1 year of age (mean age 30 y, 73% men) who presented to the emergency department (ED) with any type of uncomplicated soft tissue laceration. Exclusion criteria: diabetes mellitus, renal failure, asplenia, immunodeficiency, liver cirrhosis, tendency to form keloid scars, current use of antibiotics, or need for prophylactic …

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  • For correspondence: Dr V S Perelman, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Sources of funding: Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and Bales Research Foundation of North York General Hospital.