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Personal Battle - March 2021 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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T he jury's been in on double-gloving for quite some time now. Wearing two lay- ers 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 get- ting 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 approxi- mately $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 sus- tained with accountability. Understanding the importance Educating staff about the effectiveness of double- gloving was important on several fronts, according to Rachel Nolan, RN, BSN, CNOR, Bassett's periop- erative quality and safety nurse. The facility's lead- ership had significant concerns about occupational safety hazards from needlesticks and other sharps injuries, as well as seroconversion after blood con- tamination. Obviously, the potential for patients becoming exposed to infectious fluids through glove punctures was also worrisome. "Provide plenty of details about why double- gloving is considered an evidence-based best M A R C H 2 0 2 1 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 5 Increase Double-Gloving Compliance Raising awareness of its importance and empowering staff to own the change will create a lasting culture shift. NICK OF TIME A colored underglove makes it easier to notice even the tiniest perforations in the outer layer. Pamela Bevelhymer Adam Taylor | Senior Associate Editor

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