High-Frequency Surgery: Mechanism of Action, Risks and Risk Minimization

The hands are man's most important tools. Gloves protect them from cold, dirt, contamination and injury.

In the medical field, special gloves are used to protect the patients and the staff. When used properly, medical gloves should prevent the transfer of pathogens from the medical staff to the patient and vice versa. The best possible sense of touch , high elasticity and comfort are further product specifications that must be met. With a thickness of only 0.2 mm, therse requirements are generally met. However, this raises the question of whether and how a surgical glove can offer protection from voltages of approx. 1,300 volts, such as they are applied in high frequency surgery.

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