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New RCN guidance calls on nurses to consider when use of gloves is appropriate

Date: Thu 17th May 2018

Inappropriate use of gloves increases nurses’ risk of nasty skin complaints and may even exacerbate staffing shortages, says new in-depth guidance launched by the Royal College of Nursing.

The resource has been published as part of the college’s very first ever Glove Awareness Week, which is designed to raise awareness of skin health and appropriate use of gloves by nursing staff.

While gloves are essential for protecting healthcare workers from harmful chemicals, blood or bodily fluids, the document warns that using them too often can lead to skin problems such as contact dermatitis.

Meanwhile, failing to use gloves when necessary or wearing dirty gloves increases the risk of infections spreading.

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