Wearing Gloves for Injections

  1. What is the practice out there for wearing gloves for injections - IM's and SC's?
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  3. by   truern
    The hospitals I've been at don't require them, but my school policy is that we wear them.

    Ergo, I wear them :angel2:
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from BGSRN
    What is the practice out there for wearing gloves for injections - IM's and SC's?
    No one that I work with, nor myself, wears gloves to give injections. Starting IV's, YES ALWAYS ! When the students are doing clinicals I notice they all wear gloves when giving injections. I suppose it's a good practice because occasionally you'll get one that will bleed. If I get a bleeder I do put on gloves before cleaning it up with etol, 2x2's and a bandaid.
  5. by   honeyb111
    I haven't seen them required at any facility I've been at. Our instructors say it's our choice, we don't have to wear them for shots.
  6. by   purplemania
    I wear them. You only need a little bitty amount of blood to become contaminated.
  7. by   HeartsOpenWide
    Quote from purplemania
    I wear them. You only need a little bitty amount of blood to become contaminated.
    Me too. Some of the older ladies I work with don't, I am not taking my chances.
  8. by   HappyJaxRN
    I wear gloves for everything. I can't tell you the amount of times I didn't implement universal precautions and went to touch someone and either they threw up on me, had stool in the bed, were wet from urine....And I work on a floor where 95% of our patients are on contact isolation for either MRSA, VRE, C-Diff, Hepititis....you name it, they have it and I don't want it. I also wear gloves when getting the meds from the vial, especially if I know there is a chance I can splash it on me....which I do from time to time....I guess I'm just Ms. Glove Happy.
  9. by   live4today
    I believe in donning those gloves NO MATTER WHAT! Patients are FULL of surprises when you least expect them to be.
  10. by   suebird3
    we have a few who are "full of surprises"....then i wear gloves. my hands are suffering from contact derm. already, and it is a pain typing.

    while in phleb. school....some of the techs would rip a finger off to palpate a vein; sometimes ya have to.....

    suebird
  11. by   gilliansl
    Having worked in the medical profession as a nurse for 27 years, I now find myself back in school after moving from Georgia to California (my classes were before reciprocity... needed more hours and that #%^&* 54 hour pharmaceudical course)
    I've never worn gloves to do an injection. As for 'bleeders', if you pull back (as we should) on your syringe to make sure your not in a vessel prior to injecting, then the bleeding you may get is VERY minimal. It's easily controlled with a cotton ball or gauze 2x2 before bandaiding (as ALL injection sites should be!), without getting blood on yourself. (A Z-track may be an exception)
    Then too, unless YOU have a break in the skin of your hands or fingers, a drop of blood from the patient is easily removed quickly with your etoh pad on hand, then wash your hands, use the anti-bacterial rub afterwards, and you should be fine.
    Just my experience and opinion... your milage may vary.

    Gillian
  12. by   cindyRN 2006
    The way they are teaching me at my school is that any time there is a reasonable chance you will come in contact with any body secretions then you had better have gloves on. I agree with the other posters that I air on the side of caution. ALWAYS.
  13. by   BGSRN
    Thanks everyone. According to one article that I was able to locate the CDC and OSHA do not indicate that gloves are mandatory (according to this source) however there may well be caveats r/t possible contamination. It makes sense to err on the side on safety and I have advised my students in this regard. However, they are watching varying practices from different nurses - I really would like to find some true evidence on this rather than a secondary source. I have tried the usual searchers w/only minimal success. So, if anyone knows of a good source I would appreciate a nudge in that direction!

    Thanks
    Last edit by BGSRN on Nov 16, '05
  14. by   sirI
    Quote from bgsrn
    thanks everyone. according to one article that i was able to locate the cdc and osha do not indicate that gloves are mandatory (at according to this source) however there may well be caveats r/t possible contamination. it makes sense to err on the side on safety and i have advised my students in this regard. however, they are watching varying practices from different nurses - i really would like to find some true evidence on this rather than a secondary source. i have tried the usual searchers w/only minimal success. so, if anyone knows of a good source i would appreciate a nudge in that direction!

    thanks
    hello, bgsrn,

    we go by the osha guidelines in our program. we post these guidelines for the students. we do not mandate they wear the gloves during sc/im injections, but, urge them to do so.

    here is the link for said guidelines and a couple others to assist you in developing protocols for your facility.


    http://www.texmed.org/template.aspx?id=1651 these guidelines are the ones we post for the students


    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/hip/isolat/isopart2.htm cdc recommendations
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    http://www.osha-compliance.com/ osha
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    http://www.osha-compliance.com/ask-the-experts/index.htm pose a question to the expert at osha
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 15, '05

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