â€¢Do you have a preference for a particular glove material? (if so, why?) I have used all three materials. The vinyl is horrible, difficult to don and too thick for certain assessments. I could go either way, nitrile or latex for non-sterile use. I prefer a super-sensitive sterile powderless latex for sterile procedures. The material is flexible and I can feel everything.
â€¢Do you feel glove use affects your performance? (if so, how?) Only when trying to remove dressings from a patient (when I could lightly use my nail to get the corner started) or similarly, trying to open certain supply packaging.
â€¢Which tasks do you most commonly wear gloves for? (including most common procedures) Sterile gloves for PICC, Midline placement, and dressing changes, non-sterile for IV placement. Also, any cleaning of patient areas and equipment and when using cleaning solutions.
â€¢What bodily fluids are you likely to come into contact with? Blood, potential for any.
â€¢What are the main issues with glove use? quickly donning gloves after sweating, washing hands, scrubbing with alcohol foam. The moisture causes the material to stick to the hands. I need to carry my own sterile gloves for sterile procedures. Sterile gloves that come in pre-packaged kits are always too small for my hands and nearly impossible to put on without ripping them to shreds.