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  • Bloody Gloves Cleaning Procedure

    I recently had my Hatch kevlar lined gloves exposed to quite a bit of blood. What is the proper way to clean these gloves? I don't want to throw them away, but I don't want to catch Hep or AIDS either.

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    Toss them......if they got a lot of blood on them, you are not going to be able to disinfect them completely without destroying them in the process.
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    • #3
      Thanks. Thats what I figured.

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      • #4
        I agree toss the gloves one good product I strongly suggest all cops carry are the germicide sani-wipes. I use them to clean my gear at least once a week and they will kill the hiv virus and hep along with everything else. If you cant find them in the store just raid the local hospital they will surely have them

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        • #5
          From a Medic and BBP Instructor Trainer, I concur. TOSS THEM....

          For future reference, it is recommended that you get some XXL latex medical gloves, and wear them over your leather, kevlar,whatever gloves, (if you can) as that is really the only way to protect the gloves.

          Once Leather, Kevlar, or other "cut resistant" gloves, get saturated and permeated with Blood or bodily fluids, the only way to clean and disinfect them is with a bleach solution which will damage or ruin the leather or other protective properties.

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          • #6
            I thought I was going to get cut but he turned the knife on himself. Normally, I would have had latex gloves on. I appreciate everyone's input and I will dispose of my gloves promptly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by southilcop1982 View Post
              I recently had my Hatch kevlar lined gloves exposed to quite a bit of blood. What is the proper way to clean these gloves? I don't want to throw them away, but I don't want to catch Hep or AIDS either.
              One suggestion is to check with your department policy. Some agencies may cover the cost to replace damaged equipment as long as it happened while on duty.

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              • #8
                Step one... create fire.

                Step two... throw gloves into fire.
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                • #9
                  I STILL see cops with gloves use them all day long and then pull them off with their teeth... Just amazing.

                  Toss and burn and buy bulk.
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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
                    I STILL see cops with gloves use them all day long and then pull them off with their teeth... Just amazing.

                    Toss and burn and buy bulk.

                    THAT IS GROSS, nasty, disgusting, etc. YUCK.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by District B 13 View Post
                      I STILL see cops with gloves use them all day long and then pull them off with their teeth... Just amazing.

                      Toss and burn and buy bulk.
                      i certainly hope your speaking of latex gloves, good patrol gloves are waaay too expensive to just toss.
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                      • #12
                        The hospital has a pink soap, I do not know what its called, but it kills everything it comes in contact with. Take the gloves there and wash them inside and out two or three times. Then let them dry for two or three days and wear your bak up pair. I used the stuff all the time to wash cuffs, gloves and other equipment. The Docs said it would work. The gloves wont last long if you have to do this alot.

                        I would recomend changing to latex prior to going wrist deep in somebody elses blood next time. Leave the Hatch gloves in the car, assuming this was a medical and not a fight.
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                        • #13
                          How much is a lot?

                          We have a spray tuburculocidal disinfectant. I'ld clean them and dry them.

                          HIV can't survive long at all outside the human body in dried blood, chances of contracting aids thusly is just about zero. Hep B can last longer, up to near 12 hours, but it's not easily transmitted in that form either. Dried blood can contain some other viruses as well, but to contract them ... they need to get into your blood stream. Simple contact will not do the trick.

                          I've seen guys walk around airplane crash sites and later throw like new shoes / boots in the fire ... yet they'll walk through all sorts of stuff on the side of the interstate, dead animals included, wipe them off, and wear the same shoes or boots through the office or home ... or in my car.

                          My boots have been in several crash sites, they come clean.

                          If some minor staining don't bother you, spray lightly with good tuburculocidal disinfectant, let it air dry, spray again and wipe down, and then leave them someplace for a few days to thoroughly dry. Treat leather with a good cleaner and preservative to restore the oils and make them flexible again.

                          If you have an open cut on any part of your body that could contact the gloves while wet with blood, wait until that's no longer possible.
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