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Donning Sterile Gloves


Gloves used in healthcare are single-use disposable gloves. They are used to reduce the risk of contamination of healthcare workers hands with blood and body fluids, including contact with mucous membranes and non-intact skin (SA Health 2016). Disposable gloves are packaged as either non-sterile or sterile.

Sterile gloves are used for a variety of reasons including:

  • surgical ANTT procedures
  • any contact with sterile sites
  • maintenance of sterility
  • protection of client
  • protection of healthcare worker
  • performing complex wound dressings
  • performing some invasive procedures (e.g. inserting an indwelling urinary catheter).

A risk assessment must be performed to determine whether non-sterile or sterile gloves should be used for a particular procedure.

It is important to follow organisational policies and procedures for when to don sterile gloves, as this may vary in different healthcare settings.

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