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Healthcare Worker Medical Glove Checklist

This is a helpful checklist to help you and your employees wear and use your medical gloves properly:

When to wear gloves:

* When touching patient mucous membranes or non-intact skin.

* While performing phlebotomy and other vascular access procedures.

* When processing body fluid specimens.

* When performing finger sticks or heel sticks.

* When touching items contaminated with blood or body fluids.

* While treating lacerations, abrasions, and compound fractures.

* During patient care when the healthcare worker has hangnails, chapped hands, or other abrasions on the hands.

How to wear gloves:

* Wear gloves that fit properly. Place them to fit over your sleeve cuff.

* Before putting on gloves, check for tiny punctures, discoloration, and other physical defects.

* Do not use defective gloves.

* Remove gloves before handling non-contaminated items such as telephones and when leaving the area.

* Change gloves between patient contacts. Never wash or disinfect latex or vinyl gloves for reuse.

How to remove gloves without contamination:

* Grasp the outside of the glove with opposite hand; peel off.

* Hold removed glove in glove hand.

* Slide fingers of ungloved hand under remaining glove at wrist.

* Peel gloves over first hand.

* Discard gloves in a waste container.

* Perform hand hygiene immediately after removing gloves.

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