Medical gloves help prevent cross-contamination between patients and their caregivers, as well as provide protection against dangerous chemicals and bacteria. For maximum protection, it is important to both choose the right gloves and use them properly.
How to Choose the Right Gloves?
When buying disposable gloves, there are many different options available to suit different needs. The level of protection, comfort, durability and more all vary between the types of gloves, which include latex gloves, nitrile gloves and vinyl gloves. With so many choices, the decision can get overwhelming, so let’s break it down and get an idea of why there are so many different types, to begin with.
Once you understand this, the process of choosing gloves will be much easier.
Types of Gloves-
Medical gloves are usually made from polymers such as latex, vinyl and nitrile, although you may find disposable gloves made of other materials, such as neoprene.
There are 3 types of gloves – Latex, Vinyl and Nitrile
Latex disposable gloves offer excellent protection and performance in a variety of applications and across a broad range of industries. Latex disposable gloves are a popular choice in both the Industrial and Medical industries and are widely used in applications in medical and dental, child care and senior care, food service and food processing, janitorial and sanitation, automotive and manufacturing industries.
Latex gloves after made from natural rubber and are intended for incidental contact. One of the main advantages of latex gloves is that they are very tactile and are hence highly preferred for sensitive applications like surgery. Another practical benefit of latex gloves is that very durable, flexible, and comfortable to wear. Latex gloves are excellent choice when dealing with biological and water-based materials. The main disadvantage of latex gloves is that they can cause skin allergies and reactions. Also, latex offers little chemical protection is very poor when handling organic solvents. It’s also very hard to detect lacerations or puncture holes in latex.
Powdered latex gloves can cause additional health issues due to skin reactions and allergies caused by the latex and also by the lubricating powders.
Vinyl gloves are made from Synthetic Vinyl material, free from latex protein that might cause an allergy to the human body. It is available for latex allergy users. The product uses Advanced Technology and provides Soft Feel, Comfort, Skid Resistance and Flexible gloves. Vinyl Gloves beyond normal thickness can supply the more exceeding features of durable, puncture-resistance, anti-filter and thoughtful protection.
Gloves can be manufactured from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). The main advantage of vinyl gloves is that they are latex-free and hence do not cause any skin allergies or reactions. Another proof using latex in glove production is that it is very cost-effective. Vinyl offers standard protection when handling most chemicals and it’s very soft and comfortable to wear. Comparatively, vinyl is the least favorable fabric or material for manufacturing gloves. The main reason for this is because vinyl is less durable than latex or nitrile, and less sensitive to touch than the other fabrics or materials. Vinyl is not ideal when handling most organic solvents and water-based solutions. Modern advancements in vinyl technology have enhanced its comfort, durability, tactile sensitivity, elongation/flexibility, and strength.
Nitrile gloves are made from nitrile rubber. Nitrile Gloves are great products for people who are allergic to natural rubber.The product is flexible and durable, protecting the user’s hands from unwanted or dangerous substances.
Nitrile gloves are the superior glove when it comes to puncture resistance. Nitrile gloves are often referred to as “medical grade”
In addition to being latex-free, nitrile gloves are also extra strong despite being thin and hence quite sensitive to touch. These gloves are suitable for general use because they offer greater protection and are chemical resistant. Nitrile gloves are very soft and comfortable to wear and they offer an excellent fit for the wearer. Nitrile gloves can be used safe for both incidental and extended contact. One disadvantage of nitrile gloves is that they have less tactile sensitivity than latex gloves. The synthetic nitrile rubber polymer is also not as cheap to produce as vinyl.
Powdered Gloves –
Powdered gloves have a powder on the inside that makes them easy to slip on and off and prevents the latex from sticking to your hands, which is ideal if your staff members are constantly taking off their gloves and replacing them with a new pair.
The powder inside the glove is cornstarch, which prevents irritation unlike previous powders used in gloves. In addition to making the gloves easier to put on, the powder keeps your staff’s hands dry and comfortable. This type of disposable glove is also more resistant to tears and rips than powder-free options.
After the FDA ban, powder-free latex gloves have become much more prevalent in the medical industry, and they are also common in foodservice settings. The main benefit of powder-free gloves over powdered options is that they won’t leave a messy residue on your hands or equipment, which is essential in foodservice settings. Additionally, new types of powder-free gloves are just as easy to put on as powdered options, making them an excellent replacement to other powdered gloves.
Medical examination gloves can be used for patient examinations and blood tests. These gloves are also used as general purpose gloves for managing incontinence, everyday spills and messes in and around the home.
Surgical gloves are used by surgeons and operating room nurses. These disposable gloves must meet higher quality standards, and are usually sterile since they are used for surgical procedures. Surgical gloves offer better fit with more precise sizing, as well as higher tactile sensitivity.