Glove use: the COVID-19-driven habit we need to break
The pandemic has blurred understanding of guidance, so it’s time we were clear on what is needed
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a huge increase in the use of gloves, not just in health and care settings but also by the public.
It has caused behaviour to change, creating a modern-day nursing ritual that is not supported by evidence, and bringing into focus questions over the need for gloves.
When disposable gloves should be used
Non-sterile disposable gloves (NSDGs) should be used when healthcare workers anticipate exposure to blood or other body fluids, says National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) guidance .
It also says that NSDGs should be used
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