I was wondering what is considered the norm in different people's ERs when taking vital signs about whether nurses/techs wear gloves. Whenever I have been to the ER the person who does my vitals on admission never wears gloves but several times when the techs have come in to take my vitals (no body fluids expsoure possible) they have put on gloves. As you would expect, at the doctors office they don't wear gloves either for taking vitals. When I have asked why they need to wear gloves to take my BP the responses I have received are "I don't know why you are here, so it is a standard measure" and "You don't know what I might have" (meaning the tech)-if I have to worry about catching something from the tech, she shouldn't be working. I understand the role of PPE and am all for it but I also was taught that a basic exam you don't need gloves that it is good for the patient to have human touch without a gloves barrier.
i must say i was curious when i saw this thread as to what people thought. as a patient i haven't been to the er in sometime but i did go to an urgent care facility last week and it was probably a medical assistant and not a nurse that took my vitals but she did it without gloves and as i was sitting there i thought it kind of unusual. after she left it went through my mind... who else has she touched without gloves and if she doesn't wear gloves is she careful to wash her hands? probably not! then she came back into the room to do a monospot and tried to prick my finger without gloves at that point i kindly asked her to out them on.
as a patient and as someone considering nursing as a career i think you should always were gloves when having contact with a patient especially in an emergency situation!!! why would you want to catch or transfer something that could have been easily prevented by simply putting on gloves.
Last edit by *Olivia* on Aug 5, '09