Donning and doffing sterile gloves

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About this medical skill
Alternative names Put on and off sterile gloves
Required hours 1
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01:09Put on the second glove
  • Film yourself while donning and doffing the gloves
  • Watch the film carefully
  • If you or anything you touched, touched the sterile part of the gloves, you failed
  • Else, you succeeded
Equipment and materials
Surgical gloves
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Title Applying and Removing Sterile Gloves
Duration 4:01
Language English
Content type Practice

Medical gloves are examples of personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer and/or the patient from the spread of infection or illness during medical procedures and examinations. Medical gloves are one part of an infection-control strategy.

When to use medical gloves[edit | edit source]

Use medical gloves when your hands may touch someone else’s body fluids (such as blood, respiratory secretions, vomit, urine or feces), certain hazardous drugs or some potentially contaminated items.

What you should know before using medical gloves

  • Wash your hands before putting on sterile gloves.
  • Make sure your gloves fit properly for you to wear them comfortably during all patient care activities.
  • Some people are allergic to the natural rubber latex used in some medical gloves. FDA requires manufacturers to identify on the package labeling the materials used to make the gloves. If you or your patient is allergic to natural rubber latex, you should choose gloves made from other synthetic materials (such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), nitrile, or polyurethane).
  • Be aware that sharp objects can puncture medical gloves.
  • Always change your gloves if they rip or tear.
  • After removing gloves, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Never reuse medical gloves.
  • Never wash or disinfect medical gloves.
  • Never share medical gloves with other users.

Latex allergy[edit | edit source]

In most cases, latex allergy develops after many previous exposures to latex. Latex allergy symptoms may include hives, itching, stuffy or runny nose. It can cause asthma symptoms of wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing. Symptoms begin within minutes after exposure to latex containing products.