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Advice on Use - Suggested Dos and Don'ts When Using Gloves

 

Before using a medical examination glove, think carefully about which glove to use, the task you need to perform and how the glove should be used, including any precautions to take to maintain the integrity of the glove. Here is our suggested list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’

 

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…follow your organisation’s health and safety policy (or conduct a risk assessment)


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…store gloves under high ambient temperatures, near direct heat, in direct sunlight or exposed to fluorescent lighting

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…ensure hands are properly washed and thoroughly dried before donning gloves


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…use the same gloves for multiple tasks if cross infection is possible

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…if you have a Type l (latex) or Type lV (chemical) allergy, select an appropriate glove


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…wear gloves in between tasks/procedures

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…choose the correct size glove to minimise tearing and maximise dexterity


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…continue to use if exposed to biological hazards for prolonged periods of time

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…select the correct glove according to performance characteristics for the intended task


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…handle equipment or stationery whilst wearing gloves, to avoid contamination

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…remove jewellery before donning to prevent puncturing


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…macerate after use

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…keep fingernails short to prevent puncturing


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…dispose of gloves carelessly

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…adhere to your organisation’s infection control guidelines during use


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…replace good hand washing/hygiene with gloves

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…replace gloves if they are torn or punctured



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…replace gloves if they become contaminated with blood or body fluids and the risk of cross infection exists



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…dispose of gloves immediately after use in accordance with your organisation’s waste policies



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…always wash your hands after removing gloves



 

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