Surgical gloves are, without doubt, the main measure of protection in health. Its use is
required to avoid problems that can arise when contacting the hands of health personnel,
with body fluids, chemicals or sick patients.
However they are only one measure of protection for professionals, but also for the
patients, since the use of gloves prevents the penetration of microorganisms that are
present in the hands of health personnel, avoiding any possible spread of practitioner
to patient and vice versa.
Surgical gloves are gloves, sterile , disposable , with a mitigating effect of the
puncture and act as a barrier against infectious or toxic agents. Should always be used
in the following cases:
* Being directly exposed to contact with blood , body fluids, secretions and tissues.
* When manipulating objects, materials or surfaces contaminated with blood or
* When invasive practices involving penetration surgical tissues, cavities or organs
during repair of traumatic injury.
* Cuñado health staff present cuts or wounds the skin.
It is important to change gloves used by a new pair after a change in patient and make a
change to the same newspaper, depending on the use made of them and wear that suffer
according to the task. Since prolonged use of gloves reduces its protective effect by
reducing its effectiveness.
We must bear in mind that the gloves should not replace or exclude the hand washing ,
which is performed independently of their use, explains Luis Javier Casanova Cardiel,
MD infectious "Hand washing must be performed before and after evaluating a
patient, the frequency will vary with the number of patients examined. "
Washing hands and wearing surgical gloves to agreed tasks are highly recommended
measures by the WHO (World Health Organization) and to be respected to prevent
health risks for staff and patients, avoiding infection or potential infection and
presenting an effective barrieragainst microorganisms or chemicals.
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