First Aid Basics : Basic First Aid: Using Rubber Gloves to Treat a Patient


Hi my name is Amy, and we are discussing protecting
yourself from providing care to someone who may be bleeding severely and protecting yourself
from bodily fluids. You want to treat all blood and body fluids as if they are infected
even if you know the individual you are providing care for who may be bleeding severely or has
vomited possibly. So it is good to put on a pair of gloves before you start providing
any type of first aid care. If you don’t have gloves, you can always use a barrier
between you and the victim’s body fluids such as a T-shirt or a towel. What you want
to avoid are things like tissue paper and paper towels that can tear easily and stick
to the wound. You also want to make sure that when you remove the gloves that you are careful
to not touch the exterior of the gloves with your unprotected hands. So once you remove
the glove, you gather it up inside the still protected hand and then you hook your finger
off and underneath so that all fluids that may be on the exterior of the gloves are on
the inside, and at that point, you want to wash your hands thoroughly after providing
care. A thorough hand washing is about 30 seconds of vigorous rubbing under warm water
with soap, and then you want to dry your hands with paper towels and dispose of them.