Disposable gloves are one of the biggest environmental hotspots in hospital, with more than 100 used per patient per day in intensive care.3 Despite this usage there are many circumstances where glove use is unnecessary.
Using gloves when you don't need to not only contributes to environmental damage but it also disrupts good hand hygiene practice.
To mark World Hand Hygiene Day 2023 we produced a series of posters for you to use in your unit, outlining when glove use isn't necessary and the questions you should ask yourself before you reach for gloves.
Download them today and make sure you share them with colleagues to help spread an important message that can have a big impact on planetary health.
Our Gloves Off in Critical Care Implementation Guide aims to give you the tools and guidance you need to drive a substantial and important change in your unit. We hope it changes the way you and your team use gloves in the course of your work, helping you to assess the need for them in a wide range of circumstances.
The guide is based on the work of the team at Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH), and has been created by Sam Clark, the team at WUTH and our Sustainability Working Group.
It has also been endorsed by the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) and Infection Prevention Society (IPS).
The Gloves Use Audit Tool has been developed by the team at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It has been adapted from the ‘Glove-use audit tool’ published by Wilson et. al. in the Journal of Infection Prevention (2014). You can find both the digital tool and the editable document below.
Our friends at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been doing some excellent work in this space, and if you like our posters you'l be sure to be impressed by their work!
Sam Clark and the team have produced an excellent long form document and series of posters sharing the message of unneccessary glove use, and we'd recommend checking it out!
Following the development of our Gloves Off in Critical Care posters and implementation guide, we invited three experts to join Chair Heather Baid for an installment of the Critical Care Susnet Sharing Hours to talk to us about sustainable PPE. These sessions are run in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the British Association of Critical Care Nurses.
We were lucky to hear from:
Graham Pike - Associate Director of Nursing & IPC at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sustainability SIG Coordinator at the Infection Prevention Society
Jennie Wilson - Professor of Healthcare Epidemiology at University of West London and former President of the Infection Prevention Society
Sam Clark - Intensive care trainee and Co-Chair Sustainability and Innovation in Intensive Care Network Cheshire and Mersey