We should ask ‘who says it’s a requirement?’

Posted on April 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times head, Caring Times letters. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2014

I enjoyed reading John Burton’s article on personal protective equipment (CT, April 2014) and agree that gloves and aprons are over used.

We look after elderly people and I think wearing gloves and aprons suggest that something nasty is going to happen! I am also suspicious of the benefits of the blue gloves and aprons. What people need to decide is what they are wearing them for; is it to protect others from what’s under the apron or is it to protect the apron wearer from what’s likely to land on the apron? and if that’s unlikely, I can’t understand the need for the apron.

As for “its a requirement” we should be clear on who actually requires it and is it really necessary. I am looking forward to the next article.

– Julie Laidlaw RGN registered manager

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