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How to Remove Disposable Gloves Safely

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How to Remove Disposable Gloves Safely

Safety and infection control are top priorities in any care home, and it's vital to ensure care staff are following best practice when it comes to using disposable gloves.

While it essential to know when to wear disposable gloves and to make sure you’re wearing the right type of gloves, something that often gets overlooked is how to remove disposable gloves in a safe way. Even when you have finished using your gloves, the risk of contamination has still not passed until you have safely removed and disposed of them.

Follow these steps to ensure you are removing disposable gloves safely, and make sure your staff are fully trained and aware of the risks.

How to remove disposable gloves

Removing examination gloves is a simple process, yet when not done correctly it can put both staff and patients at risk. If your bare skin comes into contact with the outside of a glove, you can risk skin irritation or damage if chemicals have been in contact with the gloves. You may also risk the spread of infection from germs and bodily fluids. For these reasons, it’s absolutely essential to avoid contact with the outside of the gloves when you remove them.

The best practice for removing disposable gloves is as follows:

  1. While you have both gloves on, use one hand to gently grasp the outside of the glove on the other hand at the top of the wrist, being careful not to touch your bare skin. Do this slightly down from the edge of the glove, preferably at a loose point to avoid tearing.
  2. While keeping a gentle grasp on the glove, slowly peel it off, moving it away from your body from wrist to fingertips, turning it inside out. At no point should your gloved hand make contact with your bare skin.
  3. Hold the glove you just removed in your gloved hand. This minimises any risk of contamination and allows you to freely control your bare hand, which you will need to carefully remove the second glove.
  4. Carefully insert the fingers of your bare hand inside the second glove at the wrist, being careful not to touch the outside of the glove. Gently grasp the inside of the glove and peel it off, moving it away from your body.
  5. As you peel the second glove off, allow it to turn inside out while tilting it away from your body, leaving the first glove inside of it. Keeping the gloves together like this makes them easier to dispose of and reduces the chance that one will be dropped or lost.
  6. Dispose of the gloves immediately and safely, in the correct bin. Never reuse disposable gloves or leave them lying around.
  7. Wash your hands straight away, following the proper handwashing procedure. Do not touch any surfaces or objects until you have done so.

Improving disposable glove safety

Making your staff aware of how to safely remove disposable gloves is one step you can take to ensure a safer environment for everyone in your care home. You can further optimise disposable glove safety by using a glove dispenser, changing gloves immediately if they become soiled or torn, and removing excess liquid from gloves before using them. Place bins at frequent points around your care home to ensure that gloves can be disposed of straight away, and put up signs at handwashing stations to demonstrate the correct handwashing procedure. By doing so, you can protect everyone in your care home and create a safe, controlled environment. 

Safety and infection control are top priorities in any care home, and it's vital to ensure care staff are following best practice when it comes to using disposable gloves. While it essential to know when to wear disposable gloves and to make sure you’re wearing the right ...

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