How to Apply & Remove Non-Sterile Gloves

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  • 0:02 Reasons to Put on Gloves
  • 0:30 Indentifying Sterile…
  • 1:09 Putting on Non-Sterile Gloves
  • 2:01 Removing Non-Sterile Gloves
  • 3:40 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

In this lesson, you're going to learn how to put on and remove non-sterile gloves. By following the steps in this lesson, you'll help keep yourself and your patients safe.

Reasons to Put On Gloves

In practice, you'll have a wide variety of reasons to put on gloves. Maybe you're getting blood from a patient, or perhaps you're going to assist in a surgical procedure.

There are actually different ways gloves can be put on and taken off, all depending on if they're sterile gloves or not. By sterile, I mean free from all living organisms. This lesson will teach you how to properly put on and take off non-sterile gloves so you can keep yourself and your patient safe!

Identifying Sterile and Non-Sterile Gloves

In practice, how can you tell if gloves are sterile of not? Well, besides the obvious, which is whether or not they're labeled sterile or not, you can tell by the type of packaging they are in.

If you see that a bunch of gloves are found in the same container, not separated by anything, they are likely non-sterile. An example of this would be your regular box of gloves you can buy at the local Wal-A-Drug corner pharmacy. It's just a bunch of gloves all in one container, not separated into individually wrapped pairs.

On the other hand, if you see only one pair of gloves wrapped in individual air-tight packaging, they are likely sterile gloves.

Putting On Non-Sterile Gloves

So how do you put on non-sterile gloves properly?

Step 1. Make sure you properly wash and dry your hands before putting on any gloves. Many people forget to do this or think it's not important.

Step 2. Take one glove from the package. With one hand - let's say the right one - hold the wrist end of this glove open.

Step 3. With the left hand, bunch the fingers together into a point so that it looks like you're about to make shadow puppets with it. Insert the fingers of the left hand into the open wrist end of the glove.

Step 4. Use your right hand to pull the wrist end of the glove onto the left hand while easing the left hand into the glove and spreading the left hand's fingers out into the correct positions.

Repeat the same procedure with the other hand.

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