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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 the basics

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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