Glove Uses in First Aid
Gloves are useful for many purposes, including retail, healthcare, food service & processing, industrial, dental, and safety. When it comes to glove uses for safety and first aid, it is important to understand the situations in which gloves should be worn to protect first aid responders from pathogens or diseases.
Read on to learn more about glove uses in first aid, including steps to take to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in a first aid situation.
The first priority of any first aider should be to protect themselves. The responder should ensure that the surroundings and situation are safe before providing medical attention to others.
Once the responder is aware of any environmental hazards, the next step is to minimize risk for themselves.
Any first aid first responder should use medical or first aid gloves.
One of the key dangers to a first aider is bodily fluids. If someone has a blood transferable disease, Disposable gloves help to protect against the transmission of disease and illness. Note that the responder must still washed his or her hands after the gloves are removed to eliminate the risk of disease transmission.
In fact, wearing gloves is so important in first aid situations that there is a common acronym used to help responders remember to wear their gloves: GO to the victim (Gloves On).
What type of gloves are best to use in first aid?
Nitrile gloves are commonly used in first aid situations, as they are completely impermeable to bodily fluids. Nitrile gloves are the most commonly recommended for use during victim contact. This material is also rated for dealing with chemical spills and chemical-related burns. Omni International features multiple lines of Nitrile gloves for the safety market, such as our OmniTrust #213, #201, #204, and #212 series gloves.
Omni International is proud to provide a wide range of safety products with the ultimate in hand protection, first aid, and wound care. Our broad selection of gloves (vinyl, nitrile, and latex), first aid kits, and wound care products allow you to provide safety products for many industries.
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