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In the healthcare environment, gloves serve as a crucial line of defense against the spread of infections. However, the effectiveness of gloves is highly dependent on correct usage. Therefore, it's essential to understand the proper techniques for donning (putting on) and doffing (removing) gloves. This guide will walk you through the process to ensure maximum protection.

Donning Gloves

  1. Hand Hygiene: Before putting on your gloves, clean your hands thoroughly using either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  2. Choose the Right Size: Gloves that are too small can tear, and gloves that are too big can interfere with dexterity. Make sure you choose the right size for a snug and comfortable fit.

  3. Inspect the Gloves: Check the gloves for any visible tears or holes. Also, ensure they're not past their expiration date.

  4. Don the First Glove: Hold one glove by the folded cuff and slide it onto your hand. The glove's cuff should cover your wrist.

  5. Don the Second Glove: With your gloved hand, slip the second glove over your other hand. Be careful not to touch the outside of the glove with your bare hand.

  6. Adjust for Comfort: Once both gloves are on, you can adjust them for comfort and dexterity. However, avoid touching anything other than your gloves during this process.

Doffing Gloves

  1. Grasp the Outside: With one gloved hand, grasp the outside of the other glove near the wrist. Be careful not to touch your skin.

  2. Peel Away: Peel the glove away from your hand, turning the glove inside out. Hold the removed glove in your gloved hand.

  3. Slip off the Second Glove: Slide your ungloved finger under the wrist of your remaining glove. Peel it off from the inside, creating a bag for both gloves.

  4. Dispose: Dispose of the gloves safely in a suitable waste container.

  5. Hand Hygiene: After removing the gloves, clean your hands again with soap and water or hand sanitizer.

Remember, gloves are not a substitute for hand hygiene. Always clean your hands before and after glove use.

At Portofino Medical Supply, we not only strive to provide high-quality gloves but also to ensure they are used effectively for maximum protection. By following these procedures for donning and doffing gloves, you can safeguard against potential cross-contamination and infection, contributing to a safer healthcare environment for all.

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