[Histonet] Re: cut resistant gloves


Terri L. Braud, HT(ASCP), Anatomic Pathology Supervisor, Holy Redeemer 
Hospital, in Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania asks:

>>We recently had a serious cut in the grossing room. Does anyone require 
their personnel to wear cut-resistant liners? If so, for what duties? Do the 
pathologists routinely wear them?<<

In my travels I've rarely seen any special precautions taken. One hospital 
did have the chain-mail metal glove liners for everybody, but only one 
pathologist ever used them, a very fastidious man who left nearly all of the autopsy 
dissection to the (uncertified) autopsy technician. I never got around to trying 
them, though I meant to. I like a good pair of surgical gloves for the 
autopsy, and nitrile-rubber gloves for handling tissue in formalin, double-gloving 
my left hand in deference to the very poor quality of present-day 
nitrile-rubber gloves. Latex gloves should not be used for handling formaldehyde or xylene.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville, Tennessee
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