Flimsy Gloves

  1. I am a CNA at a Nursing Home, constantly dealing with body fluids, urine, vomit, feces. The home I work for uses the cheapest gloves. My fingers rip right through them, and they also rip around the wrist. I am very worried about this, it just isn't safe!!What can I do about it? How do I talk to the DON about it? It's not my finger nails, I keep them short and filed. The gloves aren't small either, they're VERY poor quality.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   fiestynurse
    Your DON should be just as concerned about this as you are. You definitely need to approach her on this. Ask around to see if anyone else is having the same problem, just for back-up. Do you have staff meetings? That might be a good time to bring it up. Save some of the torn gloves for her to see.
    In the mean time DOUBLE GLOVE!
  4. by   Future LPN Sheryl
    Thanks, I'm not the only one with the problem, everyone at work says they are really bad gloves, and the DON is the one who orders them so she knows how bad they are. I guess she figures if she isn't the one using them, then who cares! They seem to be OK for routine stuff, but to do changes, they're NOT.
    I bought my own box, and I plan on hiding them.
  5. by   fiestynurse
    You shouldn't have to buy your own gloves!
    It's the organizations responsibility to keep you safe at work. Put a call in to OSHA! The DON will jump when they come knocking on her door.
  6. by   Future LPN Sheryl
    What is OSHA? Call me stupid
  7. by   CJM
    I worked at a hospital as a nurseing assistant and was takeing care of a patient with herpes. I was wearing gloves but, had a small papercut on my finger. There was a hole in the glove around where my cut was and the herpee bug got in there. I now have the infection in my body and every now and them it breaks out. So much for the safety of the employees in hospitals today. My finger at the time swelled up and turned black then fortunely new skin formed underneath. I was afraid I would lose my finger. I never saw a dime for the lost time I was off work.
  8. by   fiestynurse
    OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They require employers to provide adequate protection from exposure to blood and body fluids. They will issue huge fines if an employer is not in compliance. Also, cover any cuts with a bandaide while at work for added protection.

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