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.