Honestly: Do you wear gloves every time? - page 2

Taking a little poll here. I am work in I.D. and one of our co-workers was recently hospitalized. She said not ONE of the people who drew blood from her, etc. wore gloves. The guy who drew a blood... Read More

  1. by   MollyJ
    Every time.

    My conversion came in the early 90's when a young man came in to the ED where I was working with a cut from the day before that was persistently bleeding. As I held pressure on his wound with my gloved hands, I asked him his meds. He started naming the AIDS drugs du jour. He was HIV positive. I realized that I didn't always wear gloves but I was mightly glad I had done so that day and I realized that, like universal precautions stated, I needed to do it everytime.

    Regarding posters who said that they sacrifice their own safety to give the patient a clean IV stick: We often had to contend with gloves that fit as well as the gloves worn by the lunch ladies who handed out dinner rolls at my old grade school. This is unacceptable and you need to take it up with your infection control personnel BUT until they respond, here is what I did. I used sterile surgical gloves that were size specific. I am sure that people who know the cost of supplies are gasping--but tough. I came to realize that if surgeons did vascular surgery with gloves on (and they do--sometimes two pairs) then I could accomplish venipuncture with a WELL FITTED glove. For myself and my patient, I demand a well fitted glove. IF the non-sterile gloves on the shelf fit well enough, I will use them. If not, I pull a pair of size specific sterile gloves and use them.

    Starting IV's, even with a well fitted glove, brings to mind men's coments about condoms but like that same act, venipuncture can be accomplished under those circumstances.

    Don't forget to wear your raincoat!!
  2. by   fiestynurse
    I was told that wearing gloves does offer you some protection from a needle stick, by acting as a squeegee, wiping the blood off the surface of the needle as it goes in. That made sense to me, so I always wear gloves for IV starts. I have seen many people do that weird thing, where they rip a finger of the glove off and use that ungloved finger to feel for the vein. What do you think?
  3. by   JillR
    I have to admit that I do not wear glove on all occasions. I usually don't wear them when I put in IV's. I asked one of out lab techs once about the fact that she rarely wore gloves when she did her blood draws and she told me that the lab supervisor told them that gloves are optional because drawing blood is a closed system. However she goes gloveless on her dominent hand and wears a glove on her non-dominent hand just in case she has to hold pressure on a bleeder.

    [ June 04, 2001: Message edited by: JillR ]
  4. by   CEN35
    Everytime!!!!!!!!!!!! and Double glove for ALL Foleys and NG's!!!!!

  5. by   EndoRN
    Well....I work in the GI lab, so YUP! Wear gloves ALL the time! No poo-poo under these nails, thank you very much!
  6. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by CEN35:
    <STRONG>Everytime!!!!!!!!!!!! and Double glove for ALL Foleys and NG's!!!!!

    Pardon my ignorance..
    why would you double glove for foley's and ng's???

  7. by   prmenrs
    Just like voting in Chicago (or so I've been told) "early and often" for that glove thing!! I used to do Infection Control, too; gloves rule! Get a glove that fits for the IV's--if I can start an IV on a 500gm premie w/gloves on, it CAN be done!!
  8. by   P_RN
    An addendum: OSHA in the US and OSH in Canada both have mandated Universal/Standard Precautions for use of gloves in phlebotomy.

    Bigjay I'm sorry if you don't feel that your life is worth it. I do. And congrats to the premie nurse......500G you go !!!

  9. by   Nursz-R-Awsm
    Feisty, I learned the technique you mentioned from a nurse who tore the index finger off of the dominant hand. I guess the non-dominant one would be most at risk for a stick. I tear the finger off when I don't have gloves that fit...I wear small of course.
  10. by   CashewLPN
    Hmm... when do I wear gloves... most of the time... Not always, but it depends on what I'm doing... If I'm looking for a vein, I dont wear gloves... I wear 7 1/2's and all the kits we get are packed with 7's... VINYL 7's... so, For things where a well fitted glove is necessary, I do grab from the supply of 7 1/2's...
    For patient care, i grab from the good ol box of Med's on the walls... they tend to run a little big, so its cool... the large gloves are so big that they look like clown gloves on me..
    I never double glove though... if its going through 1 glove, its sure as hell going through 2 or 3... unless I find something with a touch of kevlar lining, I'm not gonna double glove... Turns out that germs multiply faster within a double glove than a single glove anyway.... Nasty.

    for the actual doings, gloves all the way.
  11. by   Chuckie
    Last edit by Chuckie on Jan 17, '03
  12. by   Q.
    Originally posted by nurs4kids:
    Pardon my ignorance..
    why would you double glove for foley's and ng's???

    Ok, I thought I was the only one who is missing something. Why the double gloving for foleys? Makes me feel like there is something I should know....
  13. by   joannep
    G'day, I spent 15 years working in theatre before changing to working in haemodialysis. I always wear gloves in any patient care situation, in fact I feel naked without them on.