Wearing medical gloves is one important risk management technique used to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases. However, wearing medical gloves is only useful if the wearer knows how to safely remove the gloves.
How do you safely remove medical gloves?
To remove gloves safely follow these steps:
- Use only surfaces of the gloves that are contaminated on other contaminated surfaces of the glove (such as the outside of the gloves). Never touch the inside of the glove with the outside, contaminated part of the glove.
- Used two gloved fingers to pull the outside cuff of the glove down and outwards of the second glove. Remember, never touch the inside of the glove.
- Pull completely down until the glove is removed and the glove is now inside out.
- Use the clean inside part of the glove to pull on the inside of the second glove.
- Dispose of the contaminated gloves into an infectious materials/hazardous materials bin.
By using these steps in how to safely remove gloves you will further reduce your risk of infections.