Influence of latex glove hydration on bacteriophage penetration

George T. Rodeheaver, David B. Drake, Jeffrey G. Neal, Elise M. Jackson, Freeman Suber, Pamela A. Foresman, Richard F. Edlich

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The purpose of this study was to determine whether glove hydration influenced bacteriophage penetration. Using an electronic glove hole- detection device, one brand of latex glove was identified that hydrated rapidly (3.25 min ± 0.71 min), while another brand was selected that resisted hydration (120 min ± 0 min). Using a standard bacteriophage penetration model, the amount of bacteriophage penetration in both the rapidly hydrating gloves and the gloves that resisted hydration was extremely small and did not differ significantly from each other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1998


  • Bacteriophage
  • Latex gloves
  • Surgical gloves
  • Viral penetration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Dentistry


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