Quote from mcneillmama3
I think the only raitonale for teaching bathing using gloves the entire time for CNAs is that they may lack the professional judgement that a LPN or RN would have from experience.
I disagree. I was a CNA for two years while in nursing school and gave plenty of bed baths to residents. I wore gloves. Here's why:
Nursing home residents do not always have the ability to keep themselves sufficiently clean. There are many residents who are said to be "independent" with toiling, but can't actually clean themselves thoroughly. There are many residents who are incontinent who are not cleaned thoroughly. There are residents who may have wounds, sores, skin tears, non-intact skin, that they, and I, are not aware of. Bed linens which may have been soiled overnight are not always changed in a timely manner, or the resident does not report the accident.
I can't tell you the number of times that I reached out to wash the hand or arm of a resident, who appeared clean and intact, and touched feces, dried blood, or skin that was wet with urine. Or the times that I adjusted the bed linen only to find that the resident had been incontinent and my hands were damp with urine.
So when giving a bed bath to nursing home residents, there is definitely a possibility that I would come into contact with body fluids and non-inact skin. Therefore I wore gloves.