Do you wear gloves - page 2
Sorry I have so many questions but you guys are so helpful. I was woundering do you wear gloves most of the time, like when taking blood, giving injections etc. I remeber being in a hospital and... Read More
Oct 17, '02Occupation: RN Joined: May '02; Posts: 1,897; Likes: 2I work in LTC and pretty much KNOW what everyone has. Yes, of course I wear them when giving a suppository. No, I don't wear them when giving shots.
Oct 17, '02Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 38,756; Likes: 16,283If it is wet and it ain't yours, do NOT touch it. My motto....yes I ALWAYS wear gloves when risking touching ANY body fluid of ANY KIND! My health and that of my family DEPEND on this. NO exceptions, everyone may have HIV or Hepatitis as far as I am concerned.
Oct 17, '02Occupation: onc/heme rn Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 523; Likes: 37yes, yes, and yes...my philosophy...better safe than sorry.
Oct 17, '02Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 10,236; Likes: 64Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
If it is wet and it ain't yours, do NOT touch it.
Oct 17, '02Occupation: LPN/staff nurse - LTC facility Specialty: Geriatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '00; Posts: 2,602; Likes: 21Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
If it is wet and it ain't yours, do NOT touch it.
Oct 17, '02Occupation: registered nurse Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 8If its going to jeapodise my own health in any way, then the stakes (personal cost) are too high not to wear gloves. As an intelligent critical thinking nurse I will not let anyone tell me otherwise, afterall it will be cheaper for them in the long run ie lower infection rates, less sick days and costs associated with this etc etc.
The gloves are on !!!
Love the motto "If its wet..........."
Oct 17, '02Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 931; Likes: 18On a typical 8-hour shift, I go through about 1/2 box of non-sterile gloves. And sometimes a few sterile (depending on what I'm doing). Once, one of my (many) employers announced that we were going through too many gloves, so there wouldn't be any until the next month when the new shipping order came in (do I just have a talent for choosing idiot employers?). So, we all refused to do anything that -- we felt -- required gloves, like removing that pus saturated dressing from the stage 4 decub that you could put your fist into. One of the other nurses started using words like "OSHA" and "workman's comp" and suddenly we had gloves again.
Oct 17, '02Occupation: RN - College Health Specialty: Geriatrics/Oncology/Psych/College Health ; Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 6,584; Likes: 70My patients fall into two categories - those who have hepatitis, and those I don't know have hepatitis yet...
I practically wear a full body condom if I'm just sitting at home THINKING about work .
I remember having an administrator somewhere along the way ***** about the number of gloves used. Any boss who puts a few dollars for gloves ahead of my health should quickly decide whether or not they want to use a barrier when they kiss my arse...
Oct 17, '02Joined: Jan '02; Posts: 5,673; Likes: 159I remember as a young nurse I was blase about wearing gloves.
Like many others here I was TAUGHT NOT TO WEAR THEM---we mustn't offend. (25 or so years ago)
I started wearing gloves for IV starts after my first HIV patient educated me. She taught me about HIV before my facility did! The docs didn't think it necessary to tell the nursing staff or document in the chart that she was HIV pos, (and this happened a lot at the start of the HIV epidemic) but she was kind enought to tell me her dx HERSELF as I was starting her IV. She was a good person and she got me thinking .... This was before the days of OSHA's blood borne pathogens rules and regs.
Also remember mixing chemo without gloves way back.
Sometimes I wonder over the course of a 25 plus year career what is more potentially damaging to us: the chemicals, toxins and substances we are exposed to on a multiple daily basis (alcohol /betadine /waterless cleansers, harsh antimicrobial soaps, latex, hospital's harsh cleaning/disinfecting chemicals). Or the pathogens.
Oct 17, '02Occupation: RN (Div 1) Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 291; Likes: 1As a student nurse, we are taught to wear gloves all the time. However, while on clinicals, occasionally I have had comments from the more experienced nurse, eg: 'you don't need gloves to do that'.
I do find them very difficult to work with, but just persist, and think of my family.
Question: How many of you would wear gloves when you take a BSL?
Oct 17, '02Occupation: registered nurse Joined: Nov '01; Posts: 1,083; Likes: 14i try to wear gloves when ever at risk of contacting body fluids but have delivered 2 babies with out gloves . on e was an emergency other was when my wife gave birth
Oct 17, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Dec '01; Posts: 78; Likes: 3When I first became a CNA in 1993, I never wore 'em...I had never been really sick before that and I think I thought I couldn't catch anything. Well, I DID get sick...VERY sick!! I was miserable, got diagnosed with Hepatitis C (although I've been retested and looked over the past results with my doctor, we both think it was a false positive)...but no matter! I WAS SICK!! For a good two months.....sleeping 18-20 hours a day, fever of 102-103 for 2 weeks, itchy rash head to toe, no appetite, etc. You get the picture. I've never gone a day since then without wearing gloves whenever I can possibly come in contact with someone elses bodily fluid!! I learned the hard way!!
Oct 17, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 2,950; Likes: 619I wear them and I wash my hands or at the very least use an alcohol based hand cleaner after removing them.
The cost of getting something, or the cost of passing something along to other patients or my family is much higher than the cost of gloves.
The time it takes to put them on and remove them and wash hands is minimal. Compared to the time that would be lost to illness or taking care or people that I made ill.
Facilities that want to cut corners here are short sighted. Besides going against federal regulations. They have no respect for you when they say you use too many gloves or there is no $$ for gloves.
If there is no $$ for golves then the don't have enough money to be in in the busisness or they are LYING. Federal regulations mandate they provied you with golves. It is not an option. There is not such thing as using too many gloves.