How do I remove my gloves after giving emergency care?

After giving care and making sure to never touch the bare skin with the outside of either glove, remove your gloves by performing the following steps:

Pinch the palm side of one glove near the wrist. Carefully pull the glove off so that it is inside out.

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Hold the glove in the palm of the remaining gloved hand. Slip two fingers under the glove at the wrist of the remaining gloved hand.

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Pull the glove until it comes off, inside out, so that the first glove ends up inside the glove just removed.


After removing the gloves:

  • Dispose of gloves in the appropriate biohazard container.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm running water, if available.
  • Otherwise, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean the hands if they are not visibly soiled.

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