Step 1: Prepare for Donning
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before putting on gloves. This step is crucial to avoid transferring any dirt or germs to the gloves.
- Ensure that the gloves are the correct size for your hands. Gloves that are too small or too large can be uncomfortable and may compromise dexterity.
Step 2: Open the Glove Package
- Carefully open the glove package without touching the gloves directly. If the gloves are individually wrapped, open the package without removing the gloves until you are ready to put them on.
Step 3: Hold the First Glove
- Identify the glove for your dominant hand (usually the hand you write with) and hold it by the folded cuff or wrist area. Avoid touching the palm or fingers of the glove.
Step 4: Slide on the First Glove
- With your opposite hand, gently slide your fingers into the glove while keeping the cuff folded over your wrist. Pull the glove over your fingers and hand, making sure it fits snugly.
Step 5: Secure the First Glove
- Once the first glove is in place, use your gloved hand to adjust and secure the glove properly. Ensure that the fingers are fully extended and there are no creases or gaps in the material.
Step 6: Don the Second Glove
- Now, use your gloved hand to pick up the second glove from the package, being careful not to touch the outside surface of the glove.
- With the second glove in hand, slide your fingers into it while keeping the cuff folded over your wrist. Pull the glove over your fingers and hand until it fits snugly.
Step 7: Final Adjustments
- Once both gloves are on, adjust them to ensure a proper fit. Check for any gaps or folds in the material that may compromise the glove’s effectiveness.
- Avoid touching the outside surfaces of the gloves at all times. The outside is considered contaminated and should not come into contact with your skin.
- If you accidentally touch a potentially contaminated surface, remove the gloves, discard them properly, and start the donning process again with a new pair.
- Always follow any specific procedures or protocols for donning gloves in your specific work environment, such as medical settings or laboratories.
Remember, properly donning gloves is just one part of maintaining a hygienic environment. It is equally important to know how to remove and dispose of gloves safely and to wash your hands thoroughly after glove use to prevent cross-contamination.