Rule: Must caregivers wear gloves when handling blood or bodily fluids containing blood?
Minimum standard rules for child care centers and homes (chapters 744, 746 & 747) require caregivers to wear disposable, nonporous gloves when handling blood or bodily fluids containing blood. This means caregivers must wear disposable, nonporous gloves any time they are providing direct care or clean up for an illness or injury that exposes blood.
In addition, disposable, nonporous gloves used when handling blood or bodily fluids containing blood must be disposed of in a secure manner. Specifically, minimum standard rules require contaminated gloves be placed in a tied, sealed or otherwise closed plastic bag and discarded immediately.
Wearing gloves will only be effective when done properly. Consider the following best practices when using disposable gloves.
- choose gloves that are not loose around the wrist
- consider maintaining short fingernails if you will be wearing gloves on a regular basis
- consider removing rings, bracelets, watches and any other accessories that may puncture the glove
- ALWAYS wash your hands before donning (putting on) gloves
- avoid touching anything other than the intended contact (don't touch your face or any other surface)
- ensure safe removal of contaminated gloves
- ALWAYS wash your hands immediately following removal and disposal of gloves
Click here to view a short video demonstrating proper techniques for putting on and taking off disposable gloves.
Technical Assistance: When purchasing disposable gloves make sure your caregivers and enrolled children do not have a latex allergy.
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