Okay, so it's important to understand the
proper donning and removal of the personal
protective equipment. In this case: gloves.
Our gloves are our next line of skin to help
prevent any type of contamination into cuts,
scrapes. You know, the hands are so easily
abraised. Hang nails, paper cuts, ways to
actually get through that layer of skin, and
that's why it's so important to have medical
grade gloves. In this case, they're nitrile.
This is really becoming more and more the
common because of so many latex allergies,
and so we're using nitrile today. When it
comes to putting these on, you know, some
of this is kind of common sense. But when
I was in EMS school, you know, these guys
would stick together sometimes, and so we
would kind of blow them up a little bit. Not
appropriate. We're not putting our mouths
even to supposed clean gloves. We also don't
want to get germs on the gloves. So we're
not blowing them up. You know, now they're
kind of powdered or they have some kind of
coating on there, and they're a lot better
for getting them on. If your hands are real
wet or sweaty, dry them off appropriately
and the gloves will go on a lot better. You
can also make sure that you've got the appropriate
size, and for employers it's important to
get the appropriate size for your employees.
If they have extra extra large hands, you
need to get a box of extra extra large gloves.
You know, giving them a one-size-fits-all,
and then they rip every time they put 'em
on, is not appropriate. So we're just gonna
put these clean gloves on, the normal way.
We're gonna inspect the gloves to make sure
there's no cuts, no holes, nothing obvious
that's going to ruin the integrity of this
barrier. But then, when they're contaminated,
now comes the most important part of this
next skill, and that's removal of contaminated
or potentially contaminated gloves. We're
gonna follow the glove on glove, skin on skin
rule. In this process, it's important that
we keep the contaminated materials on the
glove, and the non-contaminated to our skin
side. But when we remove these gloves we want
to make sure that we're not accidentally snapping
or popping the glove, which could run the
risk of then nebulizing or spraying the blood
on other surfaces or into other colleagues
eyes. So here we go. Glove on glove, I grab
normally around the palm of my hand and I
pull out to break the seal. I just slowly
start to work my hand out of that glove while
I wad that glove up into the hand. There's
a couple thoughts there. Some people, some
educators are a little more picky about not
rolling this any more than you have to. I
like to, at least, grab it, and I'm not squeezing
it, but I like to grab it so that it's in
the palm of my other hand. And here's why.
Now when I do the skin on skin removal, look-it.
When I remove that, it encapsulates the waste.
If I've got a bloody gauze in my hand, that's
now two gloves in, and it's rolled into the
inside pocket. Now I use, ideally, a hand
less waste can. Make sure that you have the
appropriate container or the appropriate liner
per your regulations. And then into the appropriate
trash it goes, and we're all set. After this,
make sure we go and appropriately wash our
hands or use rubbing alcohol as indicated.