Absorption of non-woven fabric swabs
Non-woven fabric swabs demonstrate high hygroscopic properties – the absorption of a non-woven 4-ply swab is equal to the absorption capacity of an 8-ply gauze swab.
Complication associated with glove powder
1. Glove powder is a possible carrier of latex proteins and chemical accelerators used in the manufacturing process
2. Glove powder is probably a contaminant which transports latex proteins throughout the medical environment
3. Skin irritations associated with glove powder are mainly related to its potentially abrasive effects (irritant contact dermatitis, adhesions)
4. Powder agent could interfere diagnostic tests.
Medical gloves are disposable:
• their reuse increases the risk of infection, pathogen migration and may have legal consequences
• a separate pair of gloves should be used with each patient
• gloves should be changed after each medical intervention
• after each glove change, wash your hands
• gloves stained with blood or body fluids must immediately be disposed of as medical waste
• in case of piercing, fracture, or tear, the gloves must be changed immediately
• when the glove feels loose on the fingers (this is a result of a reaction between water and latex, which weakens the glove protective barrier), a change of gloves is recommended
Medical examination gloves provide protection against microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, and dangerous substances for both healthcare professionals and patients.
Examination gloves are ambidextrous – they fit both the right and left hand well. Beaded cuffs make donning easy. High quality gloves provide superior comfort, fit, dexterity, tactile sensitivity and good grip in both dry and wet conditions.
Allergy is an abnormal, excessively intensive reaction of the organism to agents that normally do not cause any reactions in non-allergic people. So far, scientists have managed to discover ca. 250 latex proteins that may cause allergies, but no single specific substance of particular clinical importance has been identified.
The most important risk factor in allergy type I (immediate type) is a repeated exposure to latex products and the exposure duration (immediate allergy, and of type 4 – delayed). Another factor is the presence of atopy (atopy – congenital, or acquired during the foetal stage, hypersensitivity to protein-related substances, plant pollen, some foods, bacteria, moulds, medicines, cosmetics) and genetic conditions. The allergy risk factor is increased by diseases and injuries of the skin, which enable a direct penetration of proteins, and consumption of some foods, e.g. bananas, avocado, kiwi, sweet chestnuts, grapes, watermelons, tomatoes and citrus fruit. Factors facilitating the development of allergies are smoking and stress.
The most dangerous form of the first symptoms may be anaphylactic shock, e.g. during the first exposure of the mucous membrane or skin to latex products – during operations, dental treatment, diagnosis, gynaecological examination, intubations, catherisation and rectal injections.
The most frequently occurring symptom is the contact urticaria (local reddening, erythema, oedema), which appears within several minutes after contact with the allergen took place, and covers the contact area with e.g. a latex glove. This is type I allergic reaction.
Another possible type of allergic reaction is a contact inflammation of the skin (delayed allergy, chemical hypersensitiveness, typeIV), caused by a frequent exposure and contact with the allergen in question, which is allergenic to the skin, e.g. with residual chemicals used in the production process of gloves. Symptoms develop after several contacts, each between 12 and 48 hours, they last for weeks until the symptoms are gone (e.g. a regular weekly contact with a specific chemical may result in a chronic rash). It is manifested by skin reddening, especially on the exposure side, palpable swellings on the skin surface, itching, rash, increase of temperature and even eczema.
A possible undesired skin reaction is a contact skin inflammation resulting from irritation that is not an allergy, but a loss of epidermis self-regeneration ability, which develops over years. Symptoms persist in spots where contact with the glove occurred (reddening, erythema, blisters). Causes of contact skin irritations comprise: frequent washing and intense rubbing the skin dry, use of strong, irritating washing solutions, disinfectants and detergents, putting gloves on wet hands, frequent wetting and drying of hands, excessive sweating of hands, mechanical skin irritations caused by e.g. talc, non-neutral pH of the glove and insufficient hygiene.
Gloves - are the first choice in hand protection.
Medical gloves lower the risk of personnel being infected as a result of contact with patients, prevent the transmission of microorganisms to other patients, and protect skin from mechanical injuries.
Mercator Medical offers gloves for hand protection in five sizes: extra small (XS), small ( S), medium ( M), large (L) and extra large (XL).
All our gloves are manufactured with attention to quality and detail that has earned the respect of health care professionals. The gloves conform and are tested to the highest international standards.
• modified cornstarch – used to assist in the donning of the gloves
• ppowder in the manufacturing process is primarily used to prevent blocking or adherence of the NRL (natural rubber latex) surface
• gloves can be easier to put on,
• absorbs perspiration,
• prevents glove tackiness
• could abrade the skin,
• carries allergens (proteins and chemicals)
• pollutes the healthcare environment,
• contaminates medical devices,
• can cause adhesions for the patient
Recommendation for reducing powder agent
Washing the outside of the gloves thoroughly after donning
• Remove gloves slowly and placing them in an appropriate container
• Never snapping, flicking or tossing gloves into a disposal container
• Always washing hands thoroughly after removing gloves
• Wearing powder-free gloves
A precondition for comfortable work is selecting gloves of the right size. All gloves have to fit the palm well. The size of the glove needs to match that of the user’s hand in order to optimize comfort, dexterity, safety and efficiency. Incorrect fitting may result in:
• reduced efficiency of work performed
• epidermal abrasions
• excessive perspiration of hands
• finger and palm fatiguem
The range of available sizes of examination gloves: XS, S, M, L, and XL.
Selecting the right gloves
Hands are most important in protection against infection. Selecting the right glove for a given job is essential to ensure user safety and product protection. To be considered appropriate, gloves providing hand protection must meet essential criteria:
• provide barrier protection
• exhibit strength
• easy donning
• have good tactile properties
• assure comfort and dexterity
• have good grip in wet and dry environments
• puncture resistance
• chemical resistance