rn Please consult your physician before taking any medication. Sterile gloves, commonly made of latex, are used to prevent contamination and decrease the risk of infections. In addition to protecting patients from the risk of infection, protective gloves are worn by people in other professions to protect them from disease. Hand hygiene products and gloves should be made available inside isolation/contact precaution rooms to allow for appropriate hand hygiene to occur during the care of a patient. Wearing gloves does not replace the need for hand hygiene.