Using gloves

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Importance of Gloves in Emergency First Aid

Fear of Infection in First Aid

For some individuals, the fear of infection can discourage them from providing emergency first aid. However, safeguarding yourself from potential infection is crucial when assisting a patient. Gloves play a pivotal role in facilitating your response and ensuring protection.

Types of Gloves

Various glove options are available for first aid, with nitrile and vinyl being commonly used:

  • Nitrile Gloves: Widely used in first aid, available in different colours, and suitable for various purposes.
  • Vinyl Gloves: Commonly used in food preparation but less durable; handle with care to prevent tearing.
  • Latex Gloves: Now less common due to allergy risks, particularly latex allergies.

Gloves can be powdered or powder-free, with powder facilitating easier wear but posing potential allergy issues.

Putting On and Changing Gloves

Proper glove usage is essential:

  • Ensure there are no rings that could damage the gloves.
  • Inspect gloves for any holes or tears before wearing them.
  • Follow the correct method for putting on gloves, as demonstrated in the video.
  • If dealing with multiple patients, change gloves to prevent cross-contamination.

Safe Glove Removal

Removing gloves correctly is vital to prevent contact with blood or bodily fluids:

  • Dispose of used gloves, along with other soiled items, in a biohazard bag or bin.
  • Never dispose of gloves in general waste, as they may pose a risk to others.

Workplaces may have specific rules for glove and infected material disposal; always adhere to local guidelines.