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Would You Operate On This Patient? - October 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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2 1 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E C L E A N H A N D S Stay Dry With Long-Arm Sleeve Gloves W hen we fill our sink with the correct amount of water and enzymatic solution to cover dirty endoscopes during decontamination, the deep water can get inside of our tech's top pair of gloves, risking contamination of her hands or of the under- glove that's used for cleaning. To stop this, we start- ed using long-arm sleeve gloves, often worn by veterinarians. The tech puts on her first pair of gloves and tucks her sleeves into them. Then, the long-arm sleeve gloves are placed on top, followed by another pair of exam gloves. The extra- long glove keeps water from oozing down her arm while cleaning the scope. Plus, this style of glove is much cheaper — and longer — than other long-cuff exam gloves. Saving money while keeping staff safe from infection is a win-win. Teleatha Mortimer, RN, BSN, CGRN, CASC Bloomington (Ind.) Endoscopy Center tmortimer@premierhealthcare.org z LONG GLOVES Kim Munroe, RN, wears long-arm sleeve gloves in addition to exam gloves to keep her hands dry during cleaning. Teleatha Mortimer, RN, BSN, CGRN, CASC

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