Approximately one in five nurses develop hand dermatitis – a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection and inability to perform hand hygiene as a result of damaged skin.
Hand dermatitis can be caused by frequent exposure to water, cleaning agents and inappropriate glove use.
Over or under use of gloves can put you and your patients at risk of infection. Wearing gloves when not required poses a significant barrier to hand hygiene programmes as gloves may not be changed between patients or procedures, and their use not included within routine hand hygiene observational audits therefore reliable data on which to implement improvement is not available.
Types of glove fall into two main categories – examination and protective. It’s therefore crucial to carry out a risk assessment to decide whether a glove is required, and if so, which type of glove is needed.
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