I am a new Home Infusion nurse and have a question about instructing the patient or family caregiver to wear gloves when administering their own (or family member's) medication or TPN and flushing the line. Of course, hand washing is first and I advise frequent hand washing or sanitizing, but I'm confused about the necessity for gloves.
I've seen different written and video examples - some advising and some omitting the wearing of gloves on patients and family, and even RNs. Also, our home infusion pharmacy seems to be running low on gloves, so has not been providing an adequate amount for the patients if they are, indeed, recommended.
I couldn't find any INS or other written standards about the topic.