Proper Way to Use and Dispose of Medical Gloves
Properly removing medical gloves is equally as crucial as donning it. Knowing the correct procedures can help reduce the risks of contaminants from the outside surface of the medical glove from making contact with your bare skin, avoid cross-contaminating your immediate surroundings, and your colleagues. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to properly use, remove, and dispose of medical gloves.
How to Properly Use Medical Gloves:
1. Wearing gloves is a must when contact with blood, other bodily fluids, and potentially infectious material will occur.
2. Do not wear the same pair of gloves when taking care of multiple patients.
3. Do not touch your face or any bare skin while wearing contaminated gloves.
4. Immediately change gloves when it is soiled or damaged.
5. Do not touch environmental surfaces such as doorknobs and handles of machines while wearing contaminated gloves.
How to Properly Remove and Dispose of Medical Gloves:
1. Pinch and hold the outside of the glove near the wrist area, preferably using your dominant hand. Take care to avoid touching your bare skin.
2. Peel away the glove downwards from your wrist, pulling it inside out.
3. Pull the glove downwards until it is removed, holding it in your gloved hand.
4. With your gloveless hand, peel off the second glove by carefully sliding your fingers inside the glove at the top of your wrist. Avoid touching the outside surface of the glove.
5. Pull the second glove away from your wrist, turning it inside out over the first glove, leaving it inside the second one.
6. Do not reuse the gloves, dispose of them appropriately per your company’s policies.
7. Immediately clean your hands thoroughly after removing and disposing of the gloves.
By following and practicing these guidelines, you can contribute to maintaining a safe and clean work environment. This will benefit not only yourself but also your patients and co-workers as well.