08-28-2019, 09:56 PM
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I work in a vet clinic, and I think the answer is yes and no? Gloves are worn during any surgeries including dentals even if it is just a cleaning. I think you weren't referring to more serious stuff like that, but I figured I would say that first just in case?
At least as far as I have seen since working here, if a needle of any kind or for any use falls on the floor and isn't encased (they all come in these little cappy do-dads with bases) it goes in the sharps box. If blood is being drawn but the vein isn't found or the dog jerks back and the needle comes out, a fresh syringe with needle is used. Basically we don't stick a dog with the same needle twice. Not only for germs, but also because then the needle isn't quite as sharp.
Before any needle goes into the dog the dog himself gets alcohol on the spot. If we did it to our own hands (or gloves) it wouldn't make much of a difference though, because we would then need to touch the dirty dog again. Makes it pretty useless.
For putting a catheter in, same deal, except the dog is shaved in that area, soapy disinfectant scrub used, alcohol, scrub, alcohol, so on. Then catheter is placed. Hands are pretty well sanitized at that point but it really wouldn't matter because we still have to touch the dog again while putting it in.
Gloves aren't often used except for when dealing with the mouth, for our sanitation, during surgery, when the only part of the dog visible to touch has been shaved and sanitized, and anything rectal (for obvious reasons, lol) everything else it doesn't make much sense (for a dog.) They are always getting into everything, and we would have to wash our hands or change our gloves every time we touched them. Of course hands are washed between dogs (sometimes whole bodies) and the room is cleaned as well.
I feel like I may not have quite answered the question though. If that is the case I am sorry!! I can try again!
Edit: Oh! That is right, the IV stuff. If I am understanding you right, no we don't use gloves or wipes before injecting saline or anything else into the IV once it is in. I didn't know they even did that for people. I'm actually not sure why they would? Huh. I'll have to look that up.
Last edited by Nameless; 08-28-2019 at 10:05 PM.