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.
There are two main reasons for wearing disposable gloves when treating residents in your nursing or care facility:
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.
There are a variety of situations when disposable examination gloves should be worn in a healthcare environment, including:
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.
To remove disposable gloves safely, use the following guidelines:
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:
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.