In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to put on and remove non-sterile gloves. By following the steps in this lesson, you’ll help keep yourself and your patients safe.
Reasons to Put On Gloves
In practice, you’ll have a wide variety of reasons to put on gloves. Maybe you’re getting blood from a patient, or perhaps you’re going to assist in a surgical procedure.There are actually different ways gloves can be put on and taken off, all depending on if they’re sterile gloves or not.
By sterile, I mean free from all living organisms. This lesson will teach you how to properly put on and take off non-sterile gloves so you can keep yourself and your patient safe!
Identifying Sterile and Non-Sterile Gloves
In practice, how can you tell if gloves are sterile of not? Well, besides the obvious, which is whether or not they’re labeled sterile or not, you can tell by the type of packaging they are in.If you see that a bunch of gloves are found in the same container, not separated by anything, they are likely non-sterile. An example of this would be your regular box of gloves you can buy at the local Wal-A-Drug corner pharmacy.
It’s just a bunch of gloves all in one container, not separated into individually wrapped pairs.On the other hand, if you see only one pair of gloves wrapped in individual air-tight packaging, they are likely sterile gloves.
Putting On Non-Sterile Gloves
So how do you put on non-sterile gloves properly?Step 1. Make sure you properly wash and dry your hands before putting on any gloves. Many people forget to do this or think it’s not important.
Step 2. Take one glove from the package. With one hand – let’s say the right one – hold the wrist end of this glove open.Step 3.
With the left hand, bunch the fingers together into a point so that it looks like you’re about to make shadow puppets with it. Insert the fingers of the left hand into the open wrist end of the glove.Step 4. Use your right hand to pull the wrist end of the glove onto the left hand while easing the left hand into the glove and spreading the left hand’s fingers out into the correct positions.
Repeat the same procedure with the other hand.
Removing Non-Sterile Gloves
At this point, once the gloves have been worn, assume every outer surface of the glove is contaminated with something dangerous, regardless of how clean it looks. That means the only way you can properly remove a pair of gloves is if no outside portion of any glove has touched any part of your skin. Only the inside portion of the glove, the one normally touching the skin, is allowed to continue touching the skin during glove removal.The importance of this cannot be overstated because the last thing you want is to touch your skin with the outside of a glove covered in a dangerous microbe. This means you have to follow these directions religiously because I don’t want you getting sick!Step 1. Use your right hand’s fingers to grab the wrist end of the left glove.
Make sure you are touching only the outside of the left glove!Step 2. Pull the left glove towards the left hand’s fingers. This should turn the glove inside out, exposing the cleaner inner surface of the left glove and the left hand’s skin.
Step 3. Do not let go of the left glove just yet. Carefully insert your left hand’s fingers (or just one finger) into the space between the wrist end of the right glove and the skin of the right hand.Step 4. Turn the right glove inside out, leaving the left glove inside of it.
Dispose of both gloves.By following these steps, you will have avoided touching any outer surface of the glove and will have kept yourself safe.
While this lesson wasn’t about applying and removing sterile gloves, gloves that are free from all living organisms, it did cover important procedures that will keep you safe, nonetheless.Remember that the only way you have properly removed a pair of gloves is if no outside portion of any glove has touched any part of your skin. Only the inside portion of the glove, the one normally touching the skin, is allowed to continue touching the skin during glove removal.By following the steps we just went over, you’ll be a pro at applying and removing non-sterile gloves.