do you use gloves all the time??

  1. Hey guys!

    here it goes... The other day at clinicals (I'm a student ) I witnessed a herione addict fake a seizure. Well, the nurses who responded to this incident were amazing. At first they thought she was Really having one but after 15 mins of "jerking and foaming at the mouth", they quickly called her bluff. Anyway, one thing that really gave me the "heebie jeebies" was that out of the 4 nurses that assisted, only ONE RN wore gloves!!

    Now this pt has hep-b and c (which they all new about) but even the iv nurse wasn't wearing gloves! The pt had soo many needle sticks (from iv nurse cuz she couldnt find a vein) and at one point she Bled all over the nurse who was trying to hold the pt down. In school, it is drilled in our heads, glove, glove, glove for anything that involves bodily fluids so I was really shocked that they would put themselves at risk... So, later on I asked one of the RNs (very politely) why she chose not to wear gloves and she replied that she works better without them !!!! So, I was just curious.. Do you, as healthcare workers, wear gloves All the time.... be honest, now If you dont, what procedures do you do w/o gloves?
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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    Yes I do.
  4. by   TazziRN
    No I don't. I should, but I don't. It's a hard habit to start when you were taught without gloves.
  5. by   lever5
    I do not wear gloves to hold a hand.
  6. by   memphispanda
    I have noticed that certain nurses where I work wear gloves for everything--don't even walk through the door without putting them on. The MAs all wear gloves all the time too. I wear them when I am going to be doing something--changing them, changing sheets, etc., and during clinicals I wear gloves for all procedures like IVs and injections. But I don't wear them just for assessments (unless they have drainage of some sort). Of course if the patient is in isolation that's a different story.
  7. by   sanakruz
    I would wear gloves for the incident you mentioned-
    I would wear gloves if any one was seizing- Unless I was in the field and didnt have any.

    The pseudo seizure was an attemot to receive a desired madication, Am I right?
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I have said this before and I guess I can repeat it:

    It it is wet and it ain't yours, don't touch it.

    Rule to LIVE by; learn it now. That said, to hold a hand or give human touch, of course I don't wear gloves.
  9. by   sueb
    No, I don't wear them every time I should. I don't use them for fingersticks...I would use them if someone were bleeding profusely. I always wear them if cleaning bodily fluids. I went to school before universal precautions and they are very hard to get used to.
  10. by   happystudent
    Originally posted by sanakruz
    I would wear gloves for the incident you mentioned-
    I would wear gloves if any one was seizing- Unless I was in the field and didnt have any.

    The pseudo seizure was an attemot to receive a desired madication, Am I right?
    Yes, she wanted her "meds" The doc ordered 6mgs of ativan IM.
    Didnt do a thing for her
    Last edit by happystudent on Apr 15, '03
  11. by   renerian
    If I think I am going to be exposed to bodily fluids I wear them, always.

    renerian
  12. by   BadBird
    Yes, I always wear gloves. I wore them 20 years ago when I was a phlebotobmist and we didn't even have too, I always err on the side of caution.
  13. by   cpgrn
    Wear your gloves. It'll be the person that you least suspect that'll get you!
  14. by   howie122832
    Originally posted by cpgrn
    Wear your gloves. It'll be the person that you least suspect that'll get you!


    BINGO!! I totally agree!

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