The results of this study show that there is no significant difference in the number of surgical glove perforations when using blunt versus sharp surgical needles during Caesarean delivery.
Not surprisingly, Caesarean delivery procedures lasting greater than 60 minutes were associated with a statistically significant increase in glove perforations for both blunt and sharp needles, but no differences were noted between the two types of needles.
There were no statistically significant differences in the training level of the primary surgeon or the number of glove perforations between the blunt and sharp needle groups when analyzed by the training level of the primary surgeon.
Frequency of glove perforations and subsequent blood contact in association with selected obstetric surgical procedures.
The use of blunt needles does not reduce glove perforations during obstetrical laceration repair.
The primary surgeon had the largest proportion of glove perforations with 28 of 72 (39%) perforations in this group.