Exam Gloves - Latex, Nitrile, Vinyl
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What Type of Glove Do I Need – Latex, Nitrile or Vinyl?When deciding on a disposable glove, the first thing you need to consider is how much protection you need for the task at hand.
Latex Gloves- Made from natural rubber, these gloves offer a high level of comfort, flexibility, fit and tactile sensitivity and protect against bacteria and viruses.
Nitrile Gloves – A preferred alternative to latex for individuals with latex allergies, they best resemble latex gloves and are durable and puncture resistant. They protect against chemicals and viruses.
Vinyl Gloves – A cost efficient option that is comfortable and protects against chemicals.
Once you’ve decided on the material of the glove, many are offered in powder and powder-free options.
Powdered Gloves – Usually lubricated with cornstarch making them easier to put on. Cornstarch can impede healing when it comes into contact with tissue, so most doctors prefer powder-free gloves for surgeries and sensitive procedures.
Powder-Free Gloves – Due to the process required to remove powder coating, these gloves tend to be more expensive. However, they are cleaner to use and reduce the cause of allergies.
Regardless which type of glove you choose, follow the steps below to make sure they are protecting you against contamination:
Step 1: Check for rips or punctures
Step 2: Wash and dry hands thoroughly before donning gloves. Wearing gloves does not replace the need for proper hand washing.
Step 3: Once gloves are on, do not touch phones, doorknobs or similar commonly touched surfaces
Step 4: Never reuse disposable gloves. If any of these situations occur, you should remove gloves, repeat Step 2 and don a new pair of gloves:
- Between patients or tasks
- Gloves have become contaminated or dirty
- Gloves are torn
- Gloves have been used for 4 consecutive hours
- After sneezing, coughing, or touching one’s hair or face
How Should Exam Gloves Fit?
Once you have determined which type of glove you need to sue, a proper fit is important. Gloves that are too big can come off easily or materials can make their way inside the glove. If exam gloves are too snug, it can result in fatigue or decreased dexterity.
In order to make sure the gloves are the proper size, you will need to measure your hands. Start by measuring around the knuckles of your dominant hand above the V of your thumb. If the measurement is 7 inches, then you would wear a size 7 or 7-1/2 glove. Most glove manufacturers will convert number sizes into XS, S, M, L and XL. While each manufacturer may vary in their recommended sizing, this should get you started:
Men - XS (6” – 7”), S (7” – 8”), M (8” – 9”), L (9” – 10”), XL (10” – 11”)
Women - (6” – 6-1/2”), S (6-1/2” – 7”), M (7” – 7-1/2”), L (7-1/2” – 8”), XL (8” – 8-1/2”)
Please be sure to consult the glove manufacturer for their size recommendations if you are unsure about what size, as ill-fitting gloves can affect job performance and result in less protection.
How Do I Properly Remove Exam Gloves?
According to the CDC, there are a few important steps to follow when removing exam gloves to prevent contamination or contact with dangerous germs/pathogens on the exterior of the gloves. To protect yourself, the CDC recommends following these steps when removing gloves:
Step 1: With both gloved hands, grab the outside of one clove at the top of the wrist but be careful not to touch bare skin.
Step 2: Peel off the first glove, peeling away from your body from wrist to fingertips turning the glove inside out.
Step 3: Hold the glove you just removed in your gloved hand
Step 4: Using your ungloved hand, peel off the second glove by inserting your fingers inside the glove at the top of the wrist.
Step 5: Turn the second glove inside out while tilting it away from your body, leaving the first glove inside the second.
Step 6: Safely dispose of gloves and never re-use disposable gloves.
Step 7: Immediately after removal, wash and dry hands thoroughly before touching any objects or surfaces.
Do Exam Gloves Expire?
Disposable gloves have a shelf life which depends on how they are stored and what materials were used to manufacture them. Natural latex gloves have a shelf life of approximately 3 years, while Nitrile, Hycar, PVC, Urethane, PVA, EVOH, polyethylene and other synthetic coated gloves offer a 5 year shelf life.
These expiration dates are based on gloves that are properly stored. Manufacturer shelf life guidelines are not applicable if product package seal is broken or gloves have been removed from their original packaging or been exposed to moisture. The shelf-life is also reduced if gloves are stored in an area that is above 90 degrees or if they are exposed to ozone or ultraviolet light for extended time periods. Natural rubber gloves are especially vulnerable to degradation from UV light and ozone generated by motors or electrical equipment.
In order to maximize the shelf life of disposable gloves, they should be stored in a cool, dark environment and shielded from ozone and UV lights as well as steam pipes, radiators and other heat sources.
Generally speaking, if gloves look normal and can stretch and pulled onto the hands without breaking or tearing, they should be able to provide the level of protection promised. Any gloves that have deteriorated will show signs of that deterioration by tearing easily or cracking when stretched.