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Glove Awareness Week

30 April – 4 May 2018

To coincide with World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, we hosted Glove Awareness Week from 30 April to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate glove use by nursing staff.

The Week highlighted when gloves should and shouldn't be worn and how to look after your skin to prevent infection. 

We are currently undertaking an evaluation of this pilot week and more information on future activity will be available in the autumn.

Are you glove aware?

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 from 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. 

Types of glove fall into two main categories – examination and protective. It’s therefore crucial to carry out a risk assessment to decide whether, and which type of gloves to wear. 

Download our leaflet and poster.

Get involved


Download our resources

We have designed some simple resources for you to use in your workplace to raise awareness of appropriate glove use - these include a poster, a leaflet and a selfie board. The resources can be used in any way that fits in with your local practice or organisational activity, for example many members are sharing these with their link nurses/champions, or using them as aids for local updates on skin health and glove use.

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Download selfie board

Create a frame for your photographs by cutting out the white area of the selfie board. Use the photos to promote GAW locally or send them to us on social media to share.

External resources

The following links provide Royal College of Nursing members with access to an online learning platform which provide evidence-based information relating to hand dermatitis and its prevention in nurses. Content provided on these platforms are owned by Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and no changes or amendments to the content is allowed without writing permission from them.