Facts & Figures: Glove Compartment
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First report of medical gloves (made from sheep intestines)
First use of latex (rubber) gloves during surgery
Estimated annual use of latex gloves in the U.S. since the introduction in 1987 of universal precautions against infectious diseases
Estimated percentage of health-care workers allergic to latex
Pairs of medical gloves used annually at DHMC
Annual cost of those gloves
Number of different sizes and kinds of gloves (sterile and nonsterile; latex, vinyl, neoprene, nitrile; etc.) that DHMC stocks
Number of different colors those gloves come in (natural latex, clear, blue, green, yellow, and purple)
SOURCES: KCHEALTHCARE, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, MEDICINENET.COM DHMC FIGURES APPLY TO THE FEBRUARY 2004-JANUARY 2005 PERIOD
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