How to use gloves safely?
Medical gloves are examples of personal protective equipment that are used to protect the wearer and / or the patient from the spread of infection or disease during medical procedures and examinations. They can also be used to prevent food contamination. * A quality glove that is not used properly does not provide adequate protection.
Wear gloves when you expect to come into contact with contaminated skin, mucous membranes, blood and stool, food and chemicals.
Make sure you have the correct gloves size.
Keep your gloves in a clean, dry place away from heat.
Wash your hands (with soap and water for 40-60 seconds, otherwise a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol 20-30 seconds) first. Dry hands well. Remove jewelry. Check for punctures or tears before using the glove. Put the glove on your dominant hand first. Then the other hand. Adjust your gloves once both are on.
Avoid touching common surfaces (sockets, handles, taps, etc.) with gloves.
Do not wash or reuse a glove. Throw it away and take a new pair.
Change gloves when they become damaged, soiled, and after each patient.
Wash and dry your hands between each change of pair. Wearing gloves does not eliminate the need to wash your hands.
Pinch the inside of the glove at the wrist, being careful not to touch your skin. Peel the glove towards the fingers, turning the glove inside out. Hold the inside-out glove in the palm of your gloved hand. With your ungloved hand, pinch the inside of the remaining glove at the wrist, taking care not to touch the outside of the glove. Turn the second glove inside out, leaving the first glove inside the second. Throw away the gloves.
Place gloves in the trash. Never put in the blue bin or in the toilet. Some recycling programs dedicated to the collection of medical equipment exist. You can subscribe by going to their website.
* Always follow the instructions for use and storage approved by Health Canada that come with the product as well as the recommendations of the WHO and the governments of Canada and Quebec regarding food safety, coronavirus and occupational safety.
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