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Ideas That Work: Clean Hands
Stay Dry With Long-Arm Sleeve Gloves
OSD Staff
Publish Date: October 5, 2015   |  Tags:   Ideas That Work
long-arm sleeve gloves LONG GLOVES Kim Munroe, RN, wears long-arm sleeve gloves in addition to exam gloves to keep her hands dry during cleaning.

Clean Hands
Stay Dry With Long-Arm Sleeve Gloves

When we fill our sink with the correct amount of water and enzymatic solution to cover dirty endoscopes during decontamination, the deep water can get inside of our tech's top pair of gloves, risking contamination of her hands or of the under-glove that's used for cleaning.

To stop this, we started using long-arm sleeve gloves, often worn by veterinarians. The tech puts on her first pair of gloves and tucks her sleeves into them. Then, the long-arm sleeve gloves are placed on top, followed by another pair of exam gloves. The extra-long glove keeps water from oozing down her arm while cleaning the scope. Plus, this style of glove is much cheaper — and longer — than other long-cuff exam gloves. Saving money while keeping staff safe from infection is a win-win.

Teleatha Mortimer, RN, BSN, CGRN, CASC
Bloomington (Ind.) Endoscopy Center
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