Do not use double pair of non-sterile gloves in patient care.

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Other health practices

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There is no scientific evidence that wearing double gloves reduces the risk of infections. Conversely, the appropriate use of gloves reduces the environmental impact and encourages health and social workers to adhere to evidence-based good practices. This recommendation allows reducing the improper use of plastic material and the volume of waste and applies in all areas of care: hospital, geriatric residential facilities (RSA), patient’s home, clinics, etc.


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2. Rundle CW, Presley CL, Militello M, et al. Hand hygiene during COVID19: recommendations from the American Contact Dermatitis Society. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2020;83:1730-1737
3. King MF, Lòpez-García M, Atedoghu KP, et al. Bacterial transfer to fingertips during sequential surface contacts with and without gloves. Indoor Air. 2020;30:993-1004
4. WHO. Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations during severe shortages. Interim guidance. Geneva. Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2006.



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