(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 told me to wear gloves whenever I was with the patient or touching things in his environment.
The patient didnt have any open open cuts or bodily fluids out, and I didn't have any cuts and was just talking with the patient. There weren't any signs saying to use any special precautions either...
I personally don't think that situation neccesitated the need for gloves, but I was hoping to get someone else's opinion on this.
Also I'm a student, and the nurse was really adamant on the gloves so I didn't really ask questions.
Last edit by Brian S. on Mar 30
Quote from klone
Yeah, that's a great way to make the patient feel like ****.
You could hug and kiss the patient on the mouth and you still don't need to wear gloves (I don't recommend that from a professionalism standpoint). This nurse is practicing in the 1980s, and it frankly makes me quite angry.
This post says it all. Please learn about AIDS, how it's transmitted.
Since since early 1990 scientists, researchers, doctors, have known how AIDS is transmitted.
If you're going to worry about catching something from a patient hepatitis is much easier to catch and thousand of people carry the hepatitis virus having no symptoms thus not even being aware they have it.
Even knowing that, it's not that easy to catch hepatitis either.
You do not put on gloves for casual patient encounters.
Last edit by brownbook on Mar 29