Quote from xobritney24
I wear gloves with inline suction and when I need to set up and suction someone without inline it is policy of my hospital to use sterile technique, I was taught that in school too. I'm sure in an emergent situation I wouldn't be going so crazy over having sterile technique, although I'd try my best, but its best to be safe!
In home health/private duty nursing sterile technique is generally unrealistic. Most new grads would pass out when they realize clean technique and soap & water is often sufficient for intermittent bladder catheterization.
Inline gloves are recommended because good practice and because there is no guarantee that everything was suctioned off the end of the inline (ask me how I know. I had gloves on, removed the suction tubing to cap off the Ballard inline and had a nice big mucus ball waiting for me!) good hand hygiene is essential as there have been some nasty cultures when the flush port is left open or the inline is left uncapped and floating in the breeze. Even with a sleeved catheter gloves are recommended for non family/household as many the port must be closed with a (gloved) finger.
If I just tossed my gloves and a patient is plugging I will sanitize then suction (I've yet to run out of sanitizer in my pocket like I do gloves). Nasal suction without gloves is gross especially with Little Suckers with an open port!
In a hospital setting clean or sterile is necessary. In a home or classroom with a child, it's very different.
I wear gloves to change a soiled diaper (oddly not everyone does) partly because I can usually contain the diaper with my removed gloves. Mostly because I don't want the body fluids of others on my skin if I can help it