Your step-by-step guide to correct disposable glove donning & doffing procedures.
The outbreak of the Covid Pandemic in 2019 massively changed the majority perspective on contact-based infection risk. The use of personal protective devices like disposable gloves, typically reserved for healthcare workers has even spread in some cases to the general population. It is, however, still easy to overlook simple & repetitive basic safety procedures – and correct glove donning & doffing processes remain an obligation.
Fluorescent lotion revealed that healthcare workers often contaminate both skin & clothing when removing protective gear. A previous study proved that up to 52% of glove removals resulted in contamination. Infected personnel can spread pathogens to other susceptible patients – now even more dangerous with the highly contagious nature & ease of transmission associated with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain. Awareness of correct procedures & consequent adjustment of techniques is a necessity in facilitating the prevention of any further spread.
Santé Group are pleased to bring to you a simple step-by-step procedure for the correct application & removal of disposable gloves below:
Ultimately, the key concern is to create a barrier between the wearer's skin & any surrounding contaminants, pathogens or hazardous materials. Despite gloves being an effective barrier solution, where gloves are improperly donned, their ability to protect the user is likely to be compromised.
The efficacy of gloves in preventing contamination & helping to reduce transmission of pathogens has been confirmed in numerous clinical studies when used appropriately & alongside timely hand hygiene performance.
When donned & doffed correctly, disposable gloves are a great barrier protection method to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances & infection. The above tips should clarify the best practices for use & help guarantee both safety of the individual and product integrity.
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