How often should I change/dispose of gloves?
Medicom medical examination gloves are “single-use” (disposable). They should be changed or disposed of safely after each task. Healthcare personnel should change their gloves for each new patient, when moving from a contaminated part of the body to another part of the body to avoid cross-contamination, as soon as any holes/rips/punctures appear, or every 20 minutes.
Why are powder-free gloves sometimes more expensive than powdered?
Powder-free gloves can be more expensive due to the process required to remove powder coating from the glove. However, powder-free gloves cause fewer allergic reactions because they have a lower protein and chemical content. Powder-free gloves are also cleaner to use because they do not leave residue on clothing or surfaces.
What standards apply to vinyl medical examination gloves?
- ASTM D412 - Standard test methods for vulcanized rubber and thermoplastic elastomers tension
- ASTM D5151 - Standard test method for detection of holes in medical exam gloves
- ASTM D6124 - Standard test method for residual powder on medical exam gloves
- ASTM D5250 - Standard specification for poly (vinyl chloride) medical exam gloves
- ASTM F1671 - Standard test method for resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by blood-borne pathogens using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage penetration as a test system
- ASTM F739 - Standard test method for permeation of liquids and gases through protective clothing materials under conditions of continuous contact