Glove Awareness Week (GAW) 30 April to 4 May 2018
The RCN is hosting a Glove Awareness week to coincide with the updating of its guidance on glove use ‘Tools of the Trade’.
The aim of the week is to highlight the need for nursing staff to be ‘glove aware’ and promote appropriate use of gloves in the workplace. Over-use of gloves, including the wearing of gloves when not necessary, carries the risk of staff developing work-related dermatitis. Additionally the wearing of gloves when not necessary risks undermining hand hygiene programmes, particularly when gloves are not changed between patient/person contacts.
What will GAW do?
GAW will showcase work of organisations and individuals on reducing unnecessary glove use and promoting skin health. Additionally for each day of the week we will promote messages on maintaining skin health and best practice for glove use.
How can you be part of this week?
Visit our Glove Awareness Week webpage and download the resources. These have been designed to fit in with any activities you may be undertaking locally to stimulate conversations about glove use and skin care.
We are keen to hear from you if you are doing work locally on promoting skin health or promoting appropriate use of gloves. This might be led by link nurses, infection prevention teams or local areas such as wards/dept’s/nursing homes. To find out more contact Rose Gallagher.
Please complete and return this evaluation form on Glove Awareness Week 2018