Double-gloving: The power of two

Overview

As the requisite use of protective barriers has evolved over the years, the use of gloves also has become more prevalent as a key strategy for reducing the risk of an exposure incident. Perioperative personnel use gloves on a daily basis to protect themselves from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials in the surgical practice setting. But in today’s healthcare environment, new pathogens, in addition to well-known pathogens that have developed resistance to therapeutic modalities, have given greater awareness to the use of gloves as a primary protective barrier for perioperative staff members. Paralleling these developments is the practice of double-gloving. Therefore, it is imperative that members of the surgical team understand the role of protective barriers, as well as the practice of double-gloving as an exposure risk reduction strategy.

This continuing education activity will provide a historical review of the evolution of the use of gloves as a protective barrier. The current impact of occupational exposure on healthcare workers will be presented. The contemporary literature citing the practice of double-gloving as an effective risk reduction strategy also will be reviewed. Recommendations promulgated by professional associations will be outlined. The implications of double-gloving in the surgical practice setting, including approaches to implement a change in practice and the identification of perceived barriers, will be discussed. Finally, selected case studies will provide the participant with the opportunity to synthesize the information and evaluate workplace scenarios with regard to double-gloving practices and policies.

 

Objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Outline the evolution of the use of gloves as protective barriers.
  2. Describe the impact of occupational exposure on healthcare workers today.
  3. Discuss the efficacy of double-gloving as an occupational exposure risk reduction strategy as cited in the literature.
  4. Identify professional recommendations supporting the practice of double-gloving.
  5. Discuss the implications of double-gloving in the surgical practice setting.
  6. Critique workplace scenarios regarding the implementation of a double-gloving policy as a strategy to reduce the risk of an exposure incident.

 

Intended audience

This continuing education activity is intended for perioperative nurses, surgical technologists, and other healthcare professionals who participate in surgical or invasive procedures and are interested in learning more about the practice of double-gloving as a strategy to reduce the risk for an exposure incident.

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