Gloves prevent contamination of healthcare professionals’ hands and help reduce the spread of pathogens only if:
- They are used properly; and
- Hand hygiene is performed before and after wear.
It’s important to know that gloves do not provide complete protection from hand contamination. That’s why hand hygiene is so important before and after glove use!
Make sure you know the “Do’s and Don’ts” for wearing gloves in the healthcare environment.
What you can do:
The World Health Organization recommends that you clean your hands and put gloves on:
- Before a sterile procedure
- When you think you’ll come in contact with blood or another bodily fluid
- When you’re going to care for a patient during contact precautions
Take gloves off and clean your hands:
- As soon as gloves are damaged or punctured
- When your contact with blood or bodily fluid has ended
- When your contact with a single patient and his/her surroundings has ended
- When there is a need for hand hygiene
Remember: NEVER wear the same pair of gloves for the care of more than one patient!
Masks and respirators
When worn correctly, procedure masks protect you from droplets that could be infectious.
N95 respirators that are properly fitted to the face protect you from very small particles that float in the air, such as TB, measles, and chickenpox.
Learn more and share:
- Do’s & don’ts for wearing N95 respirators in non-surgical healthcare settings—APIC
- Do’s & don’ts for wearing procedure masks in non-surgical healthcare settings—APIC
- Glove use pamphlet—The World Health Organization
- Hand hygiene—Why, how and when?—The World Health Organization