Unclear about Infection Control

  1. Please forgive my ignorrance here as I am not in school yet. I have seen the posts about infection and bacteria control regarding fake nails and rings. Don't you all wear gloves when touching/treating a patient? Don't the gloves help prevent the bacteria from transfering? Educate me folks!
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  3. by   Rena RN 2003
    that helps reduce the chance of transferring something from one patient to another. but there is normal flora living on every human body in every crack and crevice. when using gloves, the hands warm up and gather moisture under them which provides a perfect environment for growth of organisms.

    long and short, gloves help reduce, not necessarily prevent.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    what Rena said. You cannot do too much to enhance infection control and you are NOT always wearing gloves when rendering patient care....sometimes the simple act of hand-holding or holding a baby is required. I refuse to wear gloves when trying to give a human touch to my job as a nurse.
  5. by   leeca
    Also rings and long nails have been known to pierce through gloves.
  6. by   P_RN
    Good point leeca