If it's sticky, wet, and not yours... wear gloves! It's that simple.
Since the mid-1980's, the concept of 'universal precautions' has been used to keep anyone in contact with bodily fluids safe from infectious agents. Under universal precautions, the provider assumes that EVERYONE is infected with a bloodborne pathogen and wears gloves and other pertinent personal protective equipment (PPE) during every patient encounter.
Remove gloves carefully, and wash your hands!While wearing gloves is a vital aspect of personal protection, never underestimate the value of careful removal of gloves (to avoid splatter) and good hand washing.
How to remove gloves without contaminating yourself:
Remove one glove.Hold the glove in the opposite hand.Slip one or two fingers under the cuff of your glove, and slide the glove off from the inside out.Discard gloves carefully, and wash your hands.That's it!
By knowing these simple steps, and having access to quality medical supplies, you can save lives while an ambulance is en route. If you're interested in learning how to stop the bleed, check out our blogs on how to apply a Tourniquet, QuikClot, and a Pressure Dressing.
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