2 glove technique? HUHH? - page 4

OK, so today one of the Respiratory therapist had some time and was nice enough to let me shadow him as he was caring for a pt that frequently decannulates. ( I work in LTACH). He put on two pair... Read More

  1. by   RN1822
    I appreciate all the responses, I may have missed some sarcasm from the OT when he used the term "extra Sterile" which is one of the things that made me go "huhh?". I have watched the RT's and it seems that what they are doing is wearing clean gloves under sterile gloves to Suction and then capturing the suction tubing in the sterile glove as they remove it. This makes sense now that I have seen it in practice by some very conscientious RT's.

    Also, totally makes sense for a code brown or other Icky situation. This was all done on only one pt and then hands were washed before we left the room. I hope I didn't give the wrong impression that he was removing one pair of gloves and then moving to another pt with the other pair underneath.

    Sterile gloves for IV starts? I just use clean gloves but not a bad idea.
  2. by   One1
    Quote from RNsRWe
    TWO layers of gloves to start an IV? How on earth do you feel a vein? Impressive, to me.

    I've never heard of using sterile gloves to start an IV, either, though....
    Haha, it works when you have the nice, easy sticks with the gardenhose veins that are visible from across the room. If I have a harder stick, I sometimes feel first, then put a second set on, and if it is a challenging stick, I might have to skip the second set altogether.
  3. by   katnurseswims
    That was my first thought too
  4. by   R. Obias Jr., R.N.
    I went back to the original post, come to think of it , the therapist was actually doing the double-glove technique not to be "extra sterile" for the patient but as an extra protection for himself. Even so hope my point of references be noted to clarify the proper gloving techniques used inside or outside the OR , I also know we nurses are also taking extra precaution in trying to protect ourselves from the hazards of the profession.
  5. by   matejamagdic
    Gloves are primarily for caregivers protection, not patients, and they are permeable. And the longer you wear them and more your hands sweat, more permeable they are, no mather if you have 2, 3 or 10 layers.