Wearing gloves with HIV positive patients - page 11

(First time writing here) Yesterday during my clinical, I was interviewing a HIV positive patient. Half way through, the primary nurse asked me to talk with her in the hall, and when we spoke she... Read More

  1. by   Orion81RN
    Quote from ICUman
    Wearing gloves will not make a patient "feel like crap" or feel bad about themselves. It is an everyday common practice in the hospital.

    Standard precautions should be observed for every patient interaction necessitating touch, which includes wearing gloves.

    Instructing a student to wear gloves does not make the nurse paranoid or ignorant.
    I have not read through the posts, so I'm sure someone has already quoted the CDC on this. However, I will do it still.

    "All health-care workers should routinely use appropriate barrier precautions to prevent skin and mucous-membrane exposure ******WHEN CONTACT WITH BLOOD OR OTHER BODY FLUIDS OF ANY PATIENT IS antici- ANTICIPATED.****** Gloves should be worn for touching blood and body fluids, mucous membranes, or non-intact skin of all patients, for handling items or surfaces soiled with blood or body fluids, and for performing venipuncture and other vascular access procedures. Gloves should be changed after contact with each patient. Masks and protective eyewear or face shields should be worn during procedures that are likely to generate droplets of blood or other body fluids to prevent exposure of mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and eyes. Gowns or aprons should be worn during procedures that are likely to generate splashes of blood or other body fluids."

    Do you wear gloves when simply walking in a room and touching objects, or even shaking hands, with EVERY patient?
    If you do, then, yes, I would say you are either uneducated on transmission methods or....paranoid. I typically agree with your posts, but this one baffles me.

    And wearing gloves can ABSOLUTELY have an impact on a patient's emotions. WHERE are you getting otherwise?

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