ADVICE P.R.N.: Taking the gloves off

October 2005 
Volume 35  Number 10
Pages 12 - 12
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After performing perineal care with nonsterile gloves, I removed my soiled gloves, put on sterile gloves, and inserted an indwelling urinary catheter. My nurse-manager reprimanded me for not decontaminating my hands before putting on the new pair of gloves. I thought that was necessary only between patients, not in the midst of care for the same patient. Am I wrong?

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