April 08, 2009 | | Comments 3
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Gloves don’t have to be one-size-fits-all

Hi everyone, it’s Scott Wallask checking in after a bit of an absence to welcome my new son in the world. During my stay at the maternity unit of the hospital, I saw a simple but effective way to further encourage hand glove use.

In every patient room of the maternity unit, the nurses could choose gloves that were small, medium, or large sizes.

Sure, stocking three glove boxes in each room might take up a little more space, but it seems like a convenient and practical way to not only protect workers, but also make employees feel the hospital has their best interests in mind.

Anyone else had success with this approach?

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Scott Wallask About the Author: Scott Wallask is senior managing editor for HCPro's Hospital Safety Center (www.hospitalsafetycenter.com) and the award-winning newsletters, Briefings on Hospital Safety and Healthcare Life Safety Compliance. He has written about healthcare for HCPro since 1998, with a focus on occupational and building safety, emergency management, fire protection, and infection control. Prior to joining HCPro, he worked as a reporter for several newspapers in eastern Massachusetts. He holds a BA in print journalism, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University in Boston. Contact Scott at swallask@hcpro.com.

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  1. We have used this set up for quite a while. It works out very well.

  2. Congratulations Scott on the new little one and for thinking of new blog posts while your partner is in labor! That’s talent.

  3. Great idea, hope it is imported to all hospitals

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