A clinical nursing skill registered nurses must learn is how to put on sterile gloves. The nursing profession is filled with exciting new endeavors for nursing personnel. These individuals have a great responsibility to protect their patients and themselves. For this reason, nurses must learn the sterile technique for donning gloves to protect everyone in the hospital and clinical settings to prevent the spread of diseases and the likelihood of spreading various infections.
Introduction on How to Put on Sterile Gloves
Those working in the medical profession must master the proper technique to using sterile gloves. Nurses are one of the professionals that use sterile gloves on a daily basis, and they must make sure that they do not jeopardize others with improver glove use.
Nurses working in the medical profession are exposed to hazardous materials and bodily fluids. It is important to use sterile gloves to protect others against substances that are harmful. Using gloves that are not sterile is never a good idea.
Steps on How to Put on Sterile Gloves
- It is important to use proper technique when donning gloves in order to prevent contamination. Unsterile gloves can carry bacteria and other harmful substances that can put nurses and patients in a great deal of danger. Follow these steps to don sterile gloves properly:
- Nurses must make sure that they properly clean their hands before handling sterile gloves. Wash hands with warm water and soap before handling gloves. Use plenty of soap when washing from the tips of the hands up to the elbows. Take the hands, arms, and elbows and run them under the warm running water for 15 seconds or more. Repeat the wash and rinse process if necessary. Dry clean hands, arms, and elbows with a clean towel after thoroughly washing them.
- Nurses should inspect their gloves carefully before attempting to use them. It is important to look at the gloves for imperfections—such as tears or holes—before using them. Also, inspect the gloves for any signs of moisture that could compromise the safety of the person using the gloves. Throw away any gloves that contain any of the above issues and grab another pair of sterile gloves. Inspect the new pair of gloves in the same manner and proceed before proceeding to the next step in the process.
- Now it is time for nurses to don their gloves. After inspecting the gloves, open the sterile pack of gloves with caution. Pick up one glove using the flap of the package containing the gloves. Open the glove and slide it on the free hand. Make sure that the glove contacts only the sterile package.
- Using the same sterile package, fold the cuff of the other glove. Pinching the cuff, slide the other glove on using the gloved hand. If the technique is executed correctly, the nurse should not have touched the gloves’ surface with anything other than the sterile glove and the sterile package containing the gloves.
- If anything unclean is touched with the sterile glove, repeat the above process to protect everyone involved in the process. Use caution when wearing the gloves so that no contaminates can be exposed to the sterile glove.
Video on How to Put on Sterile Gloves
Tips on Putting Sterile Gloves
- Nurses should never touch clear supplies with an ungloved hand.
- Touching anything other than supplies after properly cleaning hands can spread infection.
- If the process is broken at any point, use new gloves from a new package.
- Wear sterile gloves only when necessary.
- Never wash gloves and reuse.
- Never use gels and alcohol to clean gloves, use a new pair each time.
- Use a new set of gloves on each patient and each procedure.
- Always use latex gloves, not vinyl gloves, when coming in contact with blood and materials stained in blood.
- Gloves do not substitute the proper cleaning of hands before using sterile gloves.
- Wear sterile gloves when being exposed to any bodily fluids.
Complications with not Putting on Sterile Gloves Correctly
Sterile gloves act as a protective barrier between nurses and their patients. Complications that can arise from not putting on sterile gloves correctly are the spread of infection and diseases. The gloves can break during a procedure and the nurse and the patient can be in immediate danger from exposure to hazardous materials and bodily fluids.
The process of donning sterile gloves is not as easy as some may think. Nurses must be conscious of their actions when putting on sterile gloves to ensure their own safety and the safety of their patients.
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