The Mölnlycke O.R. blog
Getting it right the first time
Paul Hayes, Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital and Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, United Kingdom.
My hands are my livelihood - my patients put their trust in them every day. How I ensure my hands have the best possible chance of success during a complex operation is crucial. Of course, it goes without saying that clinical training and experience are vital to how well my hands perform in the theatre. But the gloves my hands wear as they work to improve people’s lives are the key to a smooth patient experience.
What makes Mölnlycke Health Care’s Biogel® gloves so effective (and I have used them for over two decades), is that they enable that ‘getting it right first time’ approach, which is better for me and better for my patients. After all, in my opinion a good surgical glove is all about comfort, fit, sensitivity and dexterity – exacting criteria which I feel is met by Biogel’s high-quality gloves.
These specifications are all the more essential, when you consider the wider NHS environment and the challenges that face its staff on a daily basis. For example, I was surprised to learn that as many as 100,000 needlestick injuries occur in the NHS each year1, mainly in the operating theatre environment. Injuring yourself in theatre could expose you to a bloodborne virus – which is certainly something to think about if you have family, let alone the safety of patients. Aside from that, the cost of needlestick injuries is large, and this is money that could otherwise be invested in quality patient care.
Sterility in the operating theatre is therefore crucial, for patients and for clinicians and support staff. This is why every hospital in the country must uphold the highest safety standards in order to prevent the occurrence and/or spread of infection.
Furthermore, I’m told that up to 92% of glove punctures go unnoticed2 – a figure that serves as a stark reminder for surgeons like me to carefully consider the products we use during operations.
Overall, these statistics highlight why I and other surgeons put their trust (and their hands) in Biogel surgical gloves. The quality of Biogel is reliable, durable and I think they are stronger than other gloves. In my experience, if the equipment doesn’t work, you don’t get a second chance.
I have honed my surgical techniques wearing Biogel gloves, and if an operation is more technically demanding, you need to be able to rely on your gloves. Our reputations as surgeons and as hospitals are on the line every day – so you need your hands, and your gloves, to be at their best.
- UNISON, 2013, Needle Safety at Work, https://www.unison.org.uk/search/needlestick
- Maffuli N. et al. J Hand Surg. 1991. 16(6): 1034-7