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Proper Use of Gloves in First Aid: Minimising Infection Risk

Fear of infection can discourage people from providing emergency first aid. Using gloves during first aid can help protect both the provider and the patient.

Choosing the Right Gloves

There are various types of gloves commonly used in first aid, including nitrile and vinyl gloves. Latex gloves are less common due to the risk of allergic reactions. Gloves can be powdered or powder-free, with powder making them easier to put on. However, some people may be allergic to the powder.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are often used in food preparation and are not very strong. They can tear easily, so it's essential to be cautious when putting them on.

Nitrile Gloves

Nitrile gloves are popular in first aid and come in different colours. Some organisations use specific colours for particular areas or purposes. These gloves are ambidextrous and fit on either hand.

Putting on Gloves

Before putting gloves on, remove any rings that may tear the glove and check for holes or tears. Put the gloves on carefully, as demonstrated in the video, and always check for any tears after putting them on.

Changing and Disposing of Gloves

When dealing with multiple patients, change gloves to avoid cross-contamination. BSI first aid kits typically include at least six pairs of gloves.

Proper removal of gloves is crucial to prevent contact with blood or bodily fluids. Remove them as demonstrated in the video and dispose of them in a biohazard bag or bin. Do not put them in general waste.

Workplaces may have specific rules for disposing of gloves and other contaminated materials, so always check local guidelines.