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Gloves and Masks

 – Individuals with mobility issues may struggle to use a regular toilet. Instead, they may have to use a commode, bedpan or portable urinal. When you are caring for an individual that uses incontinence aids, you are likely to find yourself in a situation where you are at risk of coming into contact with bodily fluids. Family members and home caregivers may have to remove protective pads and clean out bedpans, commode buckets or portable urinals.
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These jobs can result in urine splashing out of the container onto your hands. Alternatively, you may have to wipe away urine or fecal matter. You can protect yourself from contamination or cross-infection by wearing disposable gloves and masks for these tasks.

Choosing the Correct Size of Glove:

The disposable gloves available in the medicine and health section of drugstore.com are produced in a range of sizes. Experts recommend that you choose a size that fits comfortably. If you choose a size that is too small, the gloves could split or tear. They could also cause discomfort such as cramping. If you choose gloves that are too large, you could find that they interfere with your grip, potentially causing you to fumble or drop items containing bodily fluids. Gloves that are too large can also allow fluids to enter at the wrist.

When to Wear Gloves:

Experts suggest that gloves should be worn whenever there is a risk of coming into contact with bodily fluids. This could be when you are cleaning out incontinence aids, such as commodes or urinals, or removing bedding protection, such as absorbent pads. Wearing gloves in these situations helps to reduce the possibility of contamination or cross-infection. However, you should take care not to touch any other part of your body, such as your face, when wearing protective gloves.

When to Wear a Mask:

If you need to clean out bedpans, commodes and accessories used by individuals who are incontinent, there can be a risk that bodily fluids will splash out of the containers. You can avoid any risk of these fluids entering your airways by wearing a protective mask. A protective mask should fit snugly over your nose and mouth. Some masks have flexible nose pieces that attach them to the bridge of the nose. This can prevent them from slipping or moving when you breathe.

Pre-moistened Gloves:

When individuals have mobility issues, it may not be possible for them to bathe in a regular shower or bath. They may be unable to enter the bath or shower or may have difficulty standing for a prolonged period of time. However, when individuals are incontinent, health care experts recommend that they keep their skin clean and dry. If they do not, it may become red and sore due to prolonged contact with urine or fecal matter. Gloves that have been pre-moistened and treated with cleansing ingredients can be used to clean the skin of individuals who are bedridden or have mobility issues. As no rinsing is required, these gloves can be used in situations where rinsing with water is not possible.

This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.

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