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I am wondering. Are vet techs supposed to wear vinyl gloves when doing any kind of procedure?

such as:

disconnecting IV, reconnecting IV

What about using alcohol swabs on all of the following:

What about wiping the IV tubing with alcohol swab before injecting saline into the line?

what about if the vet tech drops the IV cap on the floor? Do they use the same one or get a new one? Does it matter?

How about catheterizing a dog? Is this a sterile procedure or can they do it without gloves. Is NOT using an alcohol wipe before hand ok?

What about swabbing the site with an alcohol wipe before doing a procedure, any procedure, or just certain ones.

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I saw this post but wasn't sure if you are directing this question to people working at vets offices.

Personally, and I don't work at the vet's, I would hope that my dogs would get the same sterile treatment during procedures as humans would. On the other hand, I know that wildlife and farm animals that are getting procedures done in less sterile conditions at their living locations, do fine as well. Perhaps they receive prophylactic antibiotics to help them fight off any possible infections that they might be in danger of.

As to wearing non sterile gloves for procedures, I guess it depends on what these procedures are! Mainly these are to protect the person doing the procedures, since hands/fingers might have tiny cuts/breaks in the skin where germs can enter and infect you. So for taking blood, I would think it is less risky to catch something from an animal, but working on infected wounds or anal gland expressions you would want to wear gloves!
 

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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.
 

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Thank you for all that responded. I’m grateful. @Nameless: this was very informative. When my last dog was very sick we were giving him IV fluids for detox. The cap of the catheter kept falling on the floor and the vet techs would continue to use it. This happened as well dropping the saline flush on the floor and continuing to use it. I did not say anything at the time. I was distraught, not an excuse. Happened. I was wondering if I should call the vet now, our pup was put to sleep a month ago, and mention this to the vet herself. When I get another dog I would like to use this vet, but even though the techs were really sweet, it annoyed me that this happened. What to do......sigh.......
 
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