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To glove or not to glove?

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Are gloves overused in healthcare settings? Is there evidence to support their frequent use?

When do you think gloves should be worn, and when do you think it’s not necessary?

Let’s get a discussion started - post your thoughts below.

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  • Anonymous

    We are required to wear them quite a lot, but sometimes it seems to take away from the caring, human aspect of nursing (I think).

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  • Anonymous

    Hasn't research shown that double gloving helps reduce infection?

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  • Anonymous

    FOr procedures of any kind then wear them not if you just sit and chat with the service user (well that is now the new term or has that changed again)

    and yes change inbetween each one pluse do not forget to wash hands........gosh I sound like a overbaring parent.

    Anonymous | 25-May-2011 4:27 pm

    i agrre with your comment by the way.

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  • Anonymous

    To glove or not to glove is a current area of debate I am researching! This is especially whilst I am exploring ideas for an infection prevention essay.
    I work on a critical care unit as a senior staff nurse and am undertaking an infection prevention link practitioner course.

    Can I ask people's advice on glove use and “manipulating/ accessing” central lines. Until recently detailed audits came into effect my colleagues and I were of the opinion as long as hands are decontaminated with handwashing or alcohol rub it is ok to touch a central line area eg, to check CVP reading or check infusing properly.
    As far as I am aware we are all using clean gloves to set up and administer medication down a central line using a ANTT.
    Please could you clarify any advice on central lines and glove use.

    Fiona

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  • Anonymous

    There was in interesting comment from a patient in Nursing Times recently. The patient said that nurses would come into his home, pat his dog without gloves and then put gloves when they touched him. There seems to be a lack of rationale and thought about when gloves should be worn. For example do you need to wear gloves to take a temperature or measure and blood pressure. I wonder whether wearing gloves actually makes nurses wash their hands less.

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  • Anonymous

    We shouldn't forget that hand washing is still essential, even if you're wearing gloves!

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  • Anonymous

    I think we need to think about why we are wearing gloves. Is it for clinical reasons or a catch-all ritual aimed at protecting ourselves from an non existent threat.

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