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Old 05-09-2013
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Originally Posted by ApplicantGuide View Post
I washed my hands and passed. I am against wearing gloves because patients may feel that the doctor is worried from them. Also the powder in the gloves will stick to your hands and if you shaked hands with the patient at the end you will see the patient feeling ugly from the powder.
I don't think they use powdered gloves (at least in my center; took CS in Houston). Gloves save you time, although there's a minimal risk of an awkward moment when you can't seem to put them on very well. Advantage: you could face the patient and talk with them while putting them on (with eye contact, of course).

Washing hands takes more time, but you can use this extra to think more carefully how to efficiently proceed with the PE.

Voted for gloves.
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