By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
I was reading a story today how the medics at the 2010 World Cup did not use disease preventing gloves in any blood related injury increasing the odds of blood-borne diseases to spread such as HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is 100 times more likely to spread than the other 2 through the blood.
Since 1987, the Centers for Disease Control has asked health care workers to use latex or nitrile gloves when dealing with patients’ bodily fluids, a key part of the so-called Universal Precautions.
This got me to thinking do other sports professionals trainers use protection around their athletes at practice or games when injuries are bound to occur? Colleges and high school do have rules from OSHA on handing blood.
But are gloves enough? What if the blood squirts on the upper arm or chest area? We recommend the fluid protection medical uniforms for utmost protection against blood pathogens. When blood squirts out the gloves may not be enough protection to protect yourself.