The spread of COVID-19 has been picking up more and more in recent weeks. It is not enough to maintain social isolation, increase hygiene measures and wash your hands frequently, but you should also use protective glasses, masks and gloves to prevent our mucosa from coming into contact with the coronavirus.
Social isolation is not enough to prevent coronavirus infections. In addition, certain professions, such as home nursing, require permanent contact with the patient and maintaining proper self-care to avoid caregiver syndrome. For this reason, barrier protection methods should be used to avoid contagion:
We already know that the coronavirus COVID-19 can remain on surfaces for several hours and that it can remain as an aerosol in the air in closed spaces for at least 3 hours, so one of the tasks of the nurse or caregiver is to Frequently disinfect each place and wash your hands with soap and water regularly.
First of all, it is important to understand the goal of surgical gloves in preventing coronavirus. As one of the main forms of transmission of the virus is physical contact, the hands are a potential infectious focus and the perfect vehicle for the epidemic to be transmitted from person to person, especially in the case of home health aid services who are in charge of the vulnerable population such as the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
This means that the use of surgical gloves is vital, especially if they are accompanied by other accessories, such as lenses and masks. Every nurse or caregiver must have these personal safety implements.
It all starts with proper handwashing for 20 seconds with plenty of soap and water.
Then, we will proceed to put on the gloves, touching them as little as possible. For this, we must take the glove on the inside of the wrist and put it on the hand.
Immediately, we must stretch our fingers to fit our hands.
The nurse or caregiver must wear surgical gloves only used once, since the material from which they are made degrades quickly, after that they have to be discarded.
In addition, you should bear in mind that you cannot touch your face at any time, neither when you have them on nor when you take them off and that you must wash your hands frequently to avoid contaminating the surfaces.
Gloves should be worn by every nurse or caregiver to prevent the spread and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The golden rule is not to touch your face with disposable gloves on.
Remember, health is important and self-care is essential to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.