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Benefits of gloves?

stanleypj

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Dec 8, 2011
10,707
North West
I can see the benefit to the skin of carers and care workers in that they will probably end up having to wash their hands less. But in terms of infection/hygiene risks aren't they pretty much the same with gloves or hands? Unless the person caring either changes their gloves or washes their hands between each touch of areas of the body, incontinence pads/pants, clothes and bedding (and who does that?) the same risks apply surely?
 

susy

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Jul 29, 2013
801
North East
Nurses and carers are trained to use gloves for most if not all bodily contact these days. Apparently it's an infection control thing. Personally as long as the skin of the carer is intact with no breaks or abrasions it's far easier to keep clean by washing hands rather than wearing gloves. Keeping the skin moisturised with hand cream also helps to keep the skin intact Gloves are fine if something is really contaminated. (I guess I'm old fashioned!) I was taught not to use gloves unless things were really bad.
 

nitram

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Apr 6, 2011
19,732
North Manchester
I tend to agree with you but carers have the additional problems of becoming infected with HIV or hepatitis or passing it on to the next person.

Taking gloves of without touching the outside surface with bare skin is an art in itself, I saw a nurse in ITU remove an apron and both gloves without touching any of the possibly contaminated surfaces and ending up with one glove and the apron inside the other glove with what had been the inside of that glove on the outside.
 

Grannie G

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Apr 3, 2006
70,405
Kent
It`s easy to peel a glove off holding just the uncontaminated edge. It is then inside out when binned.
 

jimbo 111

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Jan 23, 2009
5,080
North Bucks
Hello Stanley
During the later stages of my wife's struggle with AD , we were plagued with the problem of incontinence ( bowel and bladder )
in all that time I used disposable Latex powder free examination gloves ( don't use synthetic gloves they are cheaper but they are useless for this purpose )
Latex gloves are readily available and are usually sold in boxes of 100 ( cost varied
usually £ 5-8 box of 100)

I never thought I could get used to this terrible task ,but much to my surprise I got to the stage where as long as I had my 'rubber gloves' I felt capable of anything
I also used these gloves for other personal and domestic purposes
I was perhaps lucky , but I was confident in the use of these disposable Latex gloves
jimbo
 

stanleypj

Registered User
Dec 8, 2011
10,707
North West
I used gloves when I initially had to deal with cleaning up, in 2010/11, but soon stopped after questioning the need for them on the grounds I've explained. I can understand why people would want to use them and, of course, I respect their preference.
 

Lindy50

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Dec 11, 2013
5,239
Cotswolds
I always thought that the main reasons care workers wore gloves were firstly to protect themselves from infection, and secondly to prevent cross-contamination to other clients.

So as long as family carers wash their hands carefully, and are only working with one person, there is no requirement to wear gloves. I understood that for us, therefore, it's a matter of personal choice? Also it might be thought that aprons are more important, as it's easier to wash your hands than everything you're wearing......

Lindy xx
 

Sue J

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Dec 9, 2009
8,035
I always thought that the main reasons care workers wore gloves were firstly to protect themselves from infection, and secondly to prevent cross-contamination to other clients.

So as long as family carers wash their hands carefully, and are only working with one person, there is no requirement to wear gloves. I understood that for us, therefore, it's a matter of personal choice? Also it might be thought that aprons are more important, as it's easier to wash your hands than everything you're wearing......

Lindy xx
Totally agree with you Lindy, home hygiene and hospital/care hygiene are different in that respect. If you know your caree has a bug and diarrhoea for eg. then donning gloves for the duration would seem sensible but not for daily routine care in my view. The less 'clinical' the home environment appears the better.

I am old fashioned too and prefer soap and water, we also were not allowed to wear our uniforms in public without a coat on, one reason being keeping our uniform as clean as possible.
 

Lindy50

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Dec 11, 2013
5,239
Cotswolds
Totally agree with you Lindy, home hygiene and hospital/care hygiene are different in that respect. If you know your caree has a bug and diarrhoea for eg. then donning gloves for the duration would seem sensible but not for daily routine care in my view. The less 'clinical' the home environment appears the better.

I am old fashioned too and prefer soap and water, we also were not allowed to wear our uniforms in public without a coat on, one reason being keeping our uniform as clean as possible.
Thanks Sue, it's good to know I haven't completely lost the plot! :cool: :) xx
 

bemused1

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Mar 4, 2012
3,402
I can see the benefit to the skin of carers and care workers in that they will probably end up having to wash their hands less. But in terms of infection/hygiene risks aren't they pretty much the same with gloves or hands? Unless the person caring either changes their gloves or washes their hands between each touch of areas of the body, incontinence pads/pants, clothes and bedding (and who does that?) the same risks apply surely?
Sad as I am I do change my gloves pretty much that often Stanley.
But I have to admit it's ott and a throw back to my working days when I was involved heavily in cell culture. It gave me a lifetimes obsession I'm afraid.
 

Grannie G

Volunteer Moderator
Apr 3, 2006
70,405
Kent
I think we can all be allowed our differences.

I find it much easier for there to be a barrier between what my skin comes into contact with when what I touch is unpleasant. It's not only a hygiene issue, it's a tactile issue too.

I became used to wearing disposable gloves when handling food when I had a skin condition . It's second nature now.
 

jimbo 111

Registered User
Jan 23, 2009
5,080
North Bucks
I think we can all be allowed our differences.

I find it much easier for there to be a barrier between what my skin comes into contact with when what I touch is unpleasant. It's not only a hygiene issue, it's a tactile issue too.

I became used to wearing disposable gloves

Hello Grannie G

I know exactly what you mean "]I think we can all be allowed our differences."

but personally although I used to be extremely careful I never could stomach the thought of preparing my dinner with the same hands ( unprotected ) that had so recently been covered in faeces
jimbo
 

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