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Increase Double-Gloving Compliance
Raising awareness of its importance and empowering staff to own the change will create a lasting culture shift.
Adam Taylor
Publish Date: March 9, 2021   |  Tags:   Staff Safety
NICK OF TIME A colored underglove makes it easier to notice even the tiniest perforations in the outer layer.   |   Pamela Bevelhymer

The jury's been in on double-gloving for quite some time now. Wearing two layers of protection is an easy, cost-saving and low-tech way to reduce risks of cross-contamination and sharps injuries. Plus, the latest double-gloving systems are designed with sensitivity, dexterity and comfort in mind.

Many facilities, however, have difficulties getting an otherwise engaged staff to comply with double-gloving practices. That hasn't been the case at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., where the compliance rate reached nearly 100% and needlestick injuries were reduced by one-third a year after staff began a transition to double-gloving. The facility also saved approximately $40,000 on glove purchases by buying one model instead of several. Efforts to achieve these positive results began with awareness, advanced with acceptance and have been sustained with accountability.

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