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.
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:
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.