What are the advantages of using medical grade gloves?
Medical Grade Glove:
1) They provide better protection against infection than cotton or other fabrics.
2) They offer better dexterity and comfort when working with sharp objects such as needles, scissors, etc.
3) They prevent your hands from getting infected during surgery or any type of physical activity.
4) They protect your skin from cuts and abrasions caused by cutting instruments.
5) They are much cheaper than latex gloves.
Disadvantages of Using Medical Grade Gloves:
1) They are not suitable for all types of work.
For example, they cannot be used while operating machinery since these machines may produce sparks which could cause them to catch fire. Also, they do not provide adequate protection if you have contact with blood or body fluids (blood transfusions).
These materials must always be handled with care and only after proper safety precautions taken.
2) They are expensive compared to latex gloves.
How to Choose the Right Medical Grade Gloves?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you will use them for surgical procedures or for other activities where there is a risk of contamination. If you plan on performing surgeries, then latex gloves are probably the best choice because they provide good protection against infections and bacteria while still being comfortable enough to wear during normal tasks like washing up.
Concerning the material, nitrile gloves are very similar to latex ones. They are slightly more resistant to oil and grease and they do not have that “medical” look that may be off-putting to customers.
However, some people believe that because they are newer, there might be unknown dangers associated with prolonged use.
Vinyl gloves are probably the cheapest medical grade gloves available. They have been around the longest and are probably the most trusted as well.
However, vinyl does not provide much protection against things like cuts and burns and they are really not suitable for any situation where there is a risk of contamination or infection.
Remember: No matter what you choose, you should probably have a mixture of all different types of gloves for different situations. You need to protect yourself!
Sources & references used in this article:
Avoiding problems: evidence-based selection of medical gloves by RW Russell-Fell – British Journal of Nursing, 2000 – magonlinelibrary.com
Integrity of disposable nitrile exam gloves exposed to simulated movement by RN Phalen, WK Wong – Journal of occupational and environmental …, 2011 – Taylor & Francis
Fabrication of a glove type finger prosthesis using silicone elastomers by S Dogra, S Lall, F Shah, H Aeran – The Journal of Indian Prosthodontic …, 2008 – j-ips.org
Nitrile Gloves Over Latex Gloves: Need of the Hour! by P Bansal – International Journal of Nursing, 2016 – researchgate.net
Method for making a puncture evident double layer surgical glove by TM Haber, WH Smedley, CB Foster – US Patent 5,911,848, 1999 – Google Patents