Gloves Necessary For SQ Injections? - page 4

This is going to sound like the dumbest question in the universe coming from an experienced nurse, but my ALF just had its annual corporate (not State) QA survey, and we got written up for not using... Read More

  1. by   Otessa
    gloving policies
    cdc has recommended that hcws wear gloves to 1) reduce the risk of personnel acquiring infections from patients, 2) prevent health-care worker flora from being transmitted to patients, and 3) reduce transient contamination of the hands of personnel by flora that can be transmitted from one patient to another (354). before the emergence of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids) epidemic, gloves were worn primarily by personnel caring for patients colonized or infected with certain pathogens or by personnel exposed to patients with a high risk of hepatitis b. since 1987, a dramatic increase in glove use has occurred in an effort to prevent transmission of hiv and other bloodborne pathogens from patients to hcws (355). the occupational safety and health administration (osha) mandates that gloves be worn during all patient-care activities that may involve exposure to blood or body fluids that may be contaminated with blood (356).

    (this is from 2002)
    Last edit by Otessa on Jul 24, '06
  2. by   onconurseRT
    Quote from LanaBanana
    I started allergy shots a few weeks ago and none of the 3 women who've given me my shots have ever worn gloves. One of them always wipes the little drop of blood that comes up with her hand. Grosses me out now that I think of it because I have to wonder if she wipes somebody elses blood off and then wipes mine without washing her hands.
    :uhoh21: :uhoh21: :uhoh21: Yeah.. that is weird and a little scary!:uhoh21:
  3. by   chenoaspirit
    I dont wear gloves to give shots. I dont even wear them to start IV's, I used to, but I can NOT feel a vein through a glove and the tape sticks to my gloves. I have pulled IVs out after starting them because of the stupid tape sticking to my gloves. I know its bad practice, but I dont wear them. For training someone, I wear them.
  4. by   jojotoo
    Quote from onconurseRT
    :uhoh21: :uhoh21: :uhoh21: Yeah.. that is weird and a little scary!:uhoh21:

    Just checkng - could she possibly have an alcohol wipe in her hand that she's using to wipe the blood?
  5. by   ElvishDNP
    I am funny about germs (as are most of the nurses I know) and I wear gloves for most everything. I'd rather be safe than sorry. Gloves don't protect you from sticking yourself per se, but they greatly reduce the chance that something will be transmitted should you do it. The only time I've had a dirty stick (knock on wood) was after giving an IM and boy was I glad I had on gloves.

    I currently work yeah, I wear gloves for a lot.
  6. by   banditrn
    If I see someone coming towards me to draw blood or give an injection, etc., and they aren't wearing gloves, I stop them.

    Besides wearing gloves for any injection, needlestick, IV, etc., our school also made us wear gloves for eye gtts. so I always did this as a matter of course.

    Now I'm in LTC and no one does - has anyone ever be taught to do this?
  7. by   Purkje
    I've just read this tread, and I find it very intresting. I am an European first year bachelor student, and we were just taught injections (SQ, IM and ID) and all without gloves.

    Do you have any articles on the net about wearing gloves for injections. I would so like to bring this up in school, and it would be a great subject for my project I have to do about clinicals
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    Well, it's been several months since I brought this up, and now it's so ingrained that I don't even think about it anymore---I put on gloves even to do PPDs! My staff has taken a little longer to do so, but they too have gotten into the habit..........what the heck, it certainly isn't going to hurt anything!
  9. by   RNdudeNNJ
    I was taught in nursing school to always wear gloves for any type of injection. I always were gloves while giving SubQ, IM or any possible blood producing intervention. Just a matter of protecting oneself.
  10. by   jimthorp
    I was taught to wear gloves for all care, even changing bed linens.
  11. by   canoehead
    Quote from Gabie Baby
    So you've been a nurse since you were 19?

    You are doubtless in violation of your employer's policies and procedures. If you do ever get stuck, you will find that they try to capitalize on the fact that you were in violation of the well-known policy and standard that every facility from Dehli to Denton follows nowadays, that of requiring gloves for injections. I hope your good luck continues.
    I haven't worn them either, and I've been in nursing since I was 17. (Almost twenty years.)
  12. by   canoehead
    Quote from banditrn
    If I see someone coming towards me to draw blood or give an injection, etc., and they aren't wearing gloves, I stop them.
    If it was an injection where the gloves are for my safety, not yours, you'd be waiting a little longer than necessary while I took a deep breath outside. People get in a twist over things that have nothing to do with the quality of care they are receiving. If I have made a decision for myself no one else has the right to criticize or comment.
  13. by   Phen
    Universal precautions,- one should always wear gloves when there is the possibility of coming into contact with any bodily fluid. You'll never know...