Do you wear gloves - page 5

Sorry I have so many questions but you guys are so helpful. I was woundering do you wear gloves most of the time, like when taking blood, giving injections etc. I remeber being in a hospital and... Read More

  1. by   cactus wren
    After 29 (gasp!!! where has the years gone?) years as first cna ,then Rn I developed a latex "intolerance", not quite true allergy, my hands get horribly red with exposure, and last time I blew up a balloon for g-kid my lips were itchy.........so I always use non latex gloves.....in fact after i found brief statement in a Dr.s ICU book about if workers were having an increase in allery type symptoms when they walk in the door( ie, runny nose, eye irritation, etc. ) that maybe it was from airborne latex. We went to totally nonlatex gloves in Icu..have 3 sizes in each room, med room, etc. And all of us are feeling better.....I did have to argue with central supply to get sterile nonlatex gloves at first, But the magic OSHA word did it`s magic, and now they order me a box in my size whenever I get low.....SOOOOOOOO...all you new nurses out there.........use the non latex gloves NOW, before you develop problems..........( Side note.........Have a friend who has also been in nursing as long as I, and when she had a TAH, they put in a latex foley, and she went into anaphlatic shock on the Or table.....got her through it..she`s fine now..but she just had redness problems with latex before that) We also use nonlatex foleys now, and they come with neat purple nonlatex gloves......
  2. by   Mattigan
    I am horrible at it. I always use them for adult stuff but I never seem to put them on for peds blood draws or IVis . If I ever get anything it is my fault.

    If I use them for IV , I confess i cut the tip of the rt index finger out. I can't feel. so i am 9/10 protected, i guess.
  3. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by mlolsonny
    I've been saving the right lower pocket for gloves since CNA clinicals. And when I pass meds, that's the only pocket I put Pt. items into (eye drops, neb solution, etc.). I check that pocket before I go home each night to make sure nothing goes home that shouldn't, but I always have GLOVES!

    Several other CNAs have started that practice also. Even better, I got a good clinical eval (I'm third Sem PN) for good planning because I always have gloves and don't have to leave the bedside to get them.

    Use them! Don't take any crap (sometimes literally) with you!
    I got abused by my instructor for carrying gloves in the pocket like that. Was told they were no longer "clean" after having been carried around through who knew how many rooms, with my hands in and out of the pockets. I guess it all depends on the instructor!
  4. by   Tweety
    I work with a nurse that puts her gloves on as she walks in the room and never even touches the patients without gloves. I'm not that extreme. If I'm just assessing the patient, I don't always where gloves. Yes, of course with all bodily fluids. Sometimes, I must say on a difficult IV stick where I don't see the vein but feel it, I've been known to not glove that one hand. Been lucky so far, but I should press my luck.
  5. by   Momto3RN
    I'm usually pretty consistent about wearing gloves. You couldn't pay me ENOUGH to do pericare without them. I'm not squeamish about body fluids but I have a young family to think about, too.

    That said, I must admit to a few IV starts on patients who were such hard sticks I had to use only one glove so I could find a vein.

    Ironically, my two needlesticks occurred while wearing gloves!
  6. by   mare-mare
    Wet, warm and not mine... I'm gloving up baby!!
    (heck even cold and not mine)
  7. by   Magicat
    Originally posted by HLR_RN
    I always wear gloves when in contact with body fluids or bathing patients. But I find that I can't start IV's or take blood with them on, I just can't feel the veins properly! I am very careful and haven't had any needlestick injuries....yet?!?!
    I am the same way. I was a nurse's aide for fifteen years before becoming an RN. In the early days, in LTC, gloves were hard to find... It's still tough to remember to get the gloves, but I ALWAYS do with personal care. I'll admit, I'm one of those nurses who empties caths without gloves... again, fall back to the olden days.

    And I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wash my hands!!!!!!!!!
    Last edit by Magicat on Nov 4, '02
  8. by   panda_181
    I must confess that I don't wear gloves when I start IVs...they never fit right and I can't feel the veins...then taping is a BIG pain when you have them on. And yes, I have gotten blood on my hands from this. Bad, I know! But I also worked on CCU and wore my gloves plenty o' time there. I do wear gloves when I'm bathing a new baby. That just came out of someone's hoo hoo! If you wouldn't stick an ungloved hand up there, you shouldn't be touching something that came out of there, since it's the same stuff...and that's all I have to say about that! Tee hee...

    Amanda

    Oh yeah, and what is a BSL?
    Last edit by panda_181 on Nov 5, '02
  9. by   NC_ED_RN
    First, that nurse is disgusting and unsafe to not only himself or herself but to other clients. Second, I don't do anything that calls for contact with bodily fluids/solids that I do not glove up. As much as I hate to admit it, some of my collegues think I glove up too frequently. My family means too much to me to bring home a disease that would burden them or grossly affect heir lifestyle. Let me see if I can word this succinctly .... WEAR YOUR GLOVES!! In addition, the handwashing routine that is drilled in during nursing school and facility orientations, merits you full attention also. NC_ED_RN
  10. by   P_RN
    I am reminded of a dear lady patient once who was admitted for observation post IOL because of her diabetes. She was a retired administrator of a university and well known in church circles.

    On that "routine" admission questionaire was DO YOU HAVE HIV, AIDS et al.......I almost didn't ask it, but she answered YES!

    Wear those gloves nurses. LEARN how to start an IV with them on. If they are too baggy go get some surgeons gloves in one size smaller. It can be done. Don't risk your lives for a few minutes convenience. And don't take ANYTHING home to your loved ones.
  11. by   mlolsonny
    Originally posted by panda_181


    Oh yeah, and what is a BSL?
    I think they were referring to a blood sugar level.
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    Wearing gloves is part of universal precaution. 'Nuff said. But if you really think about it, our own intact skin is the whole ball of wax. My dermis is my barrier, and part of my forcefield.sys. The extreme fear and respect of dangerous microorganisms and viral stuff often boarderlines obsessive.
    The epidermis of my body is incredible. I am totally sealed up! What enters my body freely are various gases. i'm not scared to death of body fluids/excretement because i still have a double barrelled immune.sys, but mostly it's intact epidermis.
    If I'm at potential for getting "bad stuff" on my hands then of course I wear gloves.
    As long as i fortify my skin from the inside, the forcefield stays strong. I know some will snipe me and think I am saying not to wear gloves. i'm not. I wish I could wear a respirator sometimes for 100% clean air.
  13. by   Agnus
    I hear you Mario. It's those microscopic skin opening that I am subject to because I use my hands for more than just hand modeling that concern me. openings that I am not always aware of myself.

    It is the assaults on my immuned system that we experience every day that weaken it and make me more vunerable. Things like excess stress that is not always deat with well. Exposure to toxins that we are not always aware of etc.
    Last edit by Agnus on Nov 6, '02

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