Quick Response: Why do I have to wash my hands, if I am wearing gloves?
This question was submitted by a general dentist: Why do I have to wash my hands, if I am wearing gloves?
Dr. Nita Mazurat, representing the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) has provided this quick initial response
Microorganisms grow exponentially in the warm moist environment of the glove. If a glove becomes compromised during treatment, there is more protection to the patient, if the hands have been washed and perhaps even more if they were washed using an antimicrobial agent.
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