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We believe powder should be abolished as a lubricant for gloves in the operating room because it diffuses widely into the operating room and contaminates the wound. We have tested several lubricants for use in the operating room and find that unless the scrubbing soap (or detergent) and the lubricant contain a suitable antiseptic (1 to 3 per cent hexachlorophene), the bacterial counts in the gloves after use for an hour or more will be undesirable or even prohibitive (Table III). Insertion of the dried hand into the glove without a lubricant, after scrubbing with a satisfactory detergent, also yielded a prohibitive bacterial count from the gloves after use.
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