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When Should Disposable Gloves be Worn?

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When Should Disposable Gloves be Worn?

Disposable gloves are an essential aspect of infection control in any nursing or care home, helping to prevent contamination and the spread of illnesses, as well as providing protection for users. To make sure that your team are fully aware of how and when to wear disposable gloves, read our guide below. 

Why disposable gloves are important

There are two main reasons for wearing disposable gloves when treating residents in your nursing or care facility:

  • To reduce the risk of contamination, particularly when staff are likely to come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids.
  • To prevent the transmission of infections between care staff and residents, as well as between residents.

According to the World Health Organisation, gloves should be used during all patient care procedures which may involve exposure to blood or any other body fluids, including contact with mucous membrane and non-intact skin.

Although disposable gloves have been proven in many clinical studies to be effective at protecting against contamination, they are not 100% effective and therefore cannot be used as a substitute for proper hand hygiene. All staff should ensure that they follow guidelines on effective hand washing at all times, and that gloves are removed and disposed of properly.   

When to wear disposable gloves

There are a variety of situations when disposable examination gloves should be worn in a healthcare environment, including:

  • When there is a risk of coming into contact with broken skin - for example, when changing a dressing or treating a wound.
  • When there is a chance of coming into contact with any bodily fluids.
  • Before any kind of sterile procedure takes place.
  • When handling IV or injection equipment such as needles and syringes.

Disposable gloves should always be removed as soon as contact with a single person or their surroundings has ended. They should also be removed immediately after contact with bodily fluids, or when they become damaged. Removing disposable gloves at the right time is an essential part of effective use for all care staff. 

How to safely remove disposable gloves

To remove disposable gloves safely, use the following guidelines:

  • Pinch the wrist area of one of your gloves, using the other hand.
  • Pull downwards to turn the glove inside out. Keep pulling until the glove has been removed and you’re holding the inside out glove with your gloved hand.
  • Slide the fingers of your ungloved hand under the wrist of the remaining glove, ensuring not to touch the outside of the glove.
  • Again, pull the glove down to turn it inside out. The first glove you took off should end up enclosed within it, and both gloves will be inside out. 

Which type of disposable gloves to wear

There are several different types of disposable gloves, which should be used depending on the person’s individual needs and the procedure being carried out. At Care Shop, we offer a wide range of examination gloves and surgical gloves in a variety of sizes and materials, including:  

  • Vinyl gloves – These gloves are suitable for examination and everyday care procedures. They’re latex-free, so they’re a good option for anyone with latex allergies, and they’re available in powdered and non-powdered varieties.
  • Latex gloves are natural, strong and flexible, offering a high level of protection. They’re available in powdered and non-powdered varieties, and at Care Shop we offer both examination gloves and surgical gloves.
  • Nitrile gloves are very strong, thin and latex-free. They offer effective protection from punctures and chemicals.

For more help finding the right disposable gloves for your needs, take a look at our guide to different types of disposable gloves and when to use them.

Disposable gloves are an essential aspect of infection control in any nursing or care home, helping to prevent contamination and the spread of illnesses, as well as providing protection for users. To make sure that your team are fully aware of how and when to wear disposable gloves, read our...

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