It was World Hand Hygiene Day on 5th May and to coincide with this, the Royal College of Nursing hosted Glove Awareness Week from 30th April to 4th May to raise awareness of skin health, the importance of hand hygiene and appropriate glove use by nursing staff.
Nursing staff should take care of their hands to help prevent contact dermatitis and the spread of infection, the RCN has said, as the risks associated with overuse of gloves are highlighted during Glove Awareness Week.
Gloves are an essential tool for health care workers but if used inappropriately can place nursing staff and patients at risk of infection and missed opportunities for hand hygiene. Wearing gloves when they are not needed, in particular, puts nursing staff at risk of work-related dermatitis.
The RCN has launched guidance to highlight the importance of skin health and appropriate glove use. It contains advice for nursing staff and outlines the responsibilities of employers on the prevention, identification and management of contact dermatitis.
Read the full article on the RCN website here: Nursing staff urged to take care of their hands