While having my IVP done yesterday, I noticed the radiology tech was inserting the needle without wearing gloves.
I thought this a little odd, and mentioned it to him. He shrugged it off, and when I said, “I thought it was for your protection, not mine,” he said, “I don’t have any open cuts on my hands.”
Now granted, he wasn’t doing an invasive surgical procedure, just inserting a needle, but when I donate blood to the Red Cross they wear gloves, and I always thought it was SOP.
The tech was very nice and friendly, and after inserting the needle he did wash his hands, but I’m wondering if I should call the hospital and let them know he wasn’t wearing gloves. I don’t want him to get in trouble, but I am concerned about health safety.
Is it normal for some hospital workers to not wear gloves while performing minor procedures?