To the Editor.—The presentation of the problem of starch peritonitis aroused considerable interest on my part (Arch Surg 112:458-461, 1977). Starch peritonitis appears to be a continuing, though unusual, surgical problem.
I have personally found starch to be an unsatisfactory "lubricant" for surgical gloves. A number of years ago, I was introduced to the use of sterilized mineral oil as a lubricant for surgical gloves by Dr O. R. Depp of New Orleans. This mineral oil not only obviates the potential complications of starch peritonitis, it also provides a quite satisfactory antidrying agent for the skin of the surgeon's hands. I am not aware of this being reported in the literature.
I was wondering if the editor or authors are aware of publication of information on the use of mineral oil as a lubricant for surgical gloves.