Standard Precautions: Removing Gloves Safely

Standard Precautions: Removing Gloves Safely

To remove gloves without spreading germs, never touch your skin with the outside of either glove. Follow these steps:

When to wear gloves

Before putting on gloves, wash and dry your hands well. Cover scratches or scrapes with bandages.

  • Wear gloves whenever contact is possible with blood, all body fluids and substances (except sweat), broken skin, or mucous membranes.
  • Wear gloves when touching any item or area that may be contaminated.
  • Don't touch uncontaminated items with contaminated gloves.
  • Remove gloves right after use. Wash hands and put on clean gloves between patients and procedures. Don't reuse disposable gloves.

StayWell last reviewed this educational content on 3/1/2018

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