The Australian Medical Association is advising doctors not to treat medical emergencies with gloves, saying there’s no scientific evidence that they’re safer than wearing gloves when handling patients.

The AMA’s policy, which applies to all Australian doctors, was announced last month by the Government.

It recommends doctors should only use gloves for basic, routine medical procedures such as cleaning wounds, when they can’t do so with other gloves.

Doctors who are already wearing gloves are exempt.

The AMA has also warned about the risks of using gloves while performing surgery, when patients are dehydrated or have other health problems.

While gloves may help to keep patients cool, they may also make the task of removing contaminated tissues more difficult.

“We don’t know if there’s an increase in infections, we don’t have a lot of data on that,” AMA chair of surgical and emergency surgery, Dr Stephen Wysocki, told the ABC.

Australian Medical Association president Dr David Macdonald said that while gloves were not safe for use, there was “no need to remove them”.

“The AMA is in favour of the use of gloves,” Dr Macdonald told the BBC.

“I have a patient who has had a blood transfusion where she was using gloves, but she did the surgery in her hospital gown.”

Dr Macdonald suggested that hospitals could provide sterile gloves for those patients who wanted to remove contaminated tissue, but the AMA said it was up to hospitals to decide.

Dr Wysicki said there was a “clear need” for gloves in Australia.

He said it had been “overly optimistic” that gloves would be safe and said he believed the AMA was “overstating the risks” of using them.

But Dr MacDonald said he did not think the AMA had “proved anything” on the topic.

“[They are] telling us that the gloves are safer, but that’s not necessarily the case,” he said.

He added that the AMA believed there was enough research to recommend using gloves for all types of surgical procedures.””

We have to be really careful when we use them, and the evidence is not there.”

He added that the AMA believed there was enough research to recommend using gloves for all types of surgical procedures.

“When you look at all the evidence, the best practice is to use gloves,” he told the broadcaster.

“But I’m not saying to use them in every case, but when you can do it, you should do it.”

Dr MacDonald also warned against wearing gloves while working with blood in an attempt to prevent the transmission of blood-borne viruses, such as the coronavirus, to others.

His AMA was asked to respond to the AMA’s recommendation in a letter on Monday.

A spokesman for the AMA told the CBC the policy would only apply to “non-essential” medical procedures and not to surgical procedures, but it was “in keeping with recent statements made by other medical organisations”.

Dr James Poulter, the AMA president, said he was “disappointed” by the AMA policy and urged the Government to reverse it.

Mr Poulters letter said the AMA wanted to make sure the AMA “has a clear, consistent position on the safety and effectiveness of the glove”.

“It is the AMA position that all Australians should wear gloves, regardless of their medical condition,” he wrote.

‘It’s not a great decision’The AMA said that it had “never seen any evidence that gloves were more effective” when used for basic procedures.

However, Dr Macdonnell said there were no studies showing gloves were safer than other forms of medical equipment.

In an email to The Age, the chief medical officer for Queensland Health, Dr Richard McEwen, said the evidence was “totally contradictory” to the association’s statement.


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