The most common gloving mistake I saw during my clinical experience was clinicians not knowing whether or not a patient was allergic to latex. This mistake occurs for a number of reasons. For example, maybe the patient wasn’t screened properly prior to being brought into the operating room. Let’s consider a scenario: A patient misses their pre-admission testing visit and, on the day of the surgery, one of the clinicians — perhaps a scrub tech — opens the operating room wearing latex gloves. This clinician will touch the instrument trays, the drapes, the gowns etc., only to find out that the patient shared they have a latex allergy during their pre-op interview on the morning of the procedure. Upon learning of the allergy, the OR has to be broken down and set up again, instruments must be resterilized, etc., causing a delay that could affect the whole OR schedule for the day.
The best-practice approach of using synthetic surgical gloves could help to avoid a scenario like this and help a facility prevent costly OR teardowns and idle OR time.