SPOTLIGHT ON PHARMACYDoes use of sterile gloves by providers during labor and delivery decrease maternal or neonatal morbidity compared with nonsterile gloves?Anderson, David L. MD1; Lanham, Jason S. MD, FAAFP1; Grogan, Scott P. DO, MBA, FAAFP2 Author Information 1Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center Fort Gordon, GA 2Madigan Army Medical Center Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA The opinions and assertions contained herein are those of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the US Army Medical Department, the United States Army at large, or the Department of Defense. Evidence-Based Practice: March 2018 - Volume 21 - Issue 3 - p E1-E2 doi: 10.1097/01.EBP.0000542014.44621.ba Buy Metrics Abstract EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWER The answer is uncertain. In laboring patients with intact amniotic membranes, the use of sterile gloves (vs nonsterile gloves) is not associated with improved maternal or neonatal morbidity (SOR: B, single retrospective cohort study). No prospective studies have evaluated the use of sterile versus nonsterile gloves for routine delivery, but low-risk skin procedures show no difference in infection risk with nonsterile gloves (SOR: C, extrapolated from a prospective randomized trial). Bacterial counts on clean nonsterile gloves do not reach a minimum concentration required to cause infection for low-risk procedures (SOR: C, observational cohort with disease-oriented outcome). © Copyright 2018 Family Physicians Inquiries Network, Inc.