The RCN is asking all those involved in nursing and health care to think twice before using examination gloves when carrying out tasks.
Every year around 1,000 health care workers develop work-related contact dermatitis of the hands. While this may not seem like a large number, it is a painful, debilitating condition which may require nursing staff to be moved out of clinical areas due to the risk of infection.
The RCN’s Glove Awareness Week, which runs from 29 April to 3 May, gives nursing staff and other health care workers the opportunity to think about when they should and shouldn’t wear gloves. It also highlights what they can do to reduce the risk of damage to their hands.
Read more about the RCN campaign here.