In this stand of our marketplace, you will find a complete range of medical gloves. Whether you are looking for examination gloves, disposable or reusable, sterile or not, latex or nitrile or vinyl, Placemed supports you in your project to find you quality products at the best price. The brands and suppliers present in this stand have been selected for their seriousness and the quality of their products. They will be able to meet the needs of all medical specialties, taking into account the characteristics and risks of the manipulations performed.
What is a medical examination glove?
A medical examination glove is a medical device for personal protection of the hands. It is therefore an essential accessory for health professionals during medical diagnoses. It is used by the majority of medical professions, because it greatly reduces the risk of contamination and cross-transmission, from caregivers to patients.
What are the most popular examination glove models on the MD market?
Latex model: elastic and easy to put on, it adapts perfectly to the hand and offers good high comfort and great skin sensitivity. The latex examination glove is made from natural rubber. It is therefore biodegradable and does not pollute the environment when destroyed. It is one of the most used models in the medical sector.
Nitrile model: made of nitrile, it is hypoallergenic, ensures great elasticity and offers an excellent level of protection against all chemicals and mechanical damage. It significantly reduces the risk of needlestick injuries and other traumatic injuries that a healthcare professional may be exposed to.
Vinyl model: It is made of 100% polyvinyl chloride, its inner surface is treated with a polyurethane material. The vinyl glove is hypoallergenic, easy to put on and pleasant to the touch.
Neoprene model: With increased elasticity, this synthetic glove is very comfortable to work with even if it is less resistant than other models.
How to choose your exam gloves?
There is a wide variety of examination gloves on the medical device market today. The choice of gloves is not always obvious and depends on the specialization of the healthcare professional.
The first selection criterion when buying an examination glove is the material of manufacture. It is she who determines its protective properties and its degree of resistance and preservation of sensitivity.
Then the question that arises is “should I choose an examination glove with powder or without powder? ". When working with diagnostic gloves, there are sometimes problems with grip. To overcome this, manufacturers treat the inner surface with a powder in the form of a mixture of corn starch and talc. Nevertheless, the use of this type of gloves generates a significant deposit of powder on the hands, which is an allergen for many and can cause skin irritation. Even if the healthcare professional is not allergic, prolonged contact with this powder may in some cases lead to contact dermatitis.
Other criteria such as texture or coating may come into play when purchasing an examination glove, especially in certain medical specialties. Indeed, some practitioners such as dentists or ENT doctors prefer to work with textured gloves rather than smooth gloves, for their high ability to capture small objects. Additionally, additional coatings may be used by manufacturers to improve the physical properties of examination gloves.
Finally, with regard to sterility, it is rather a criterion linked to the nature of the interventions performed by the professional. Indeed, in the majority of medical specialties, except in surgery, the gloves used are not sterile. These ensure the necessary level of asepsis and perfectly protect the hands of the nursing staff from the various biological fluids and chemical products that they handle on a daily basis.
A few tips for use
- Favor single-use products.
- Always check the integrity of examination gloves before use.
- Do not use the wrong size gloves.
- It is not recommended to wear gloves for a long time (more than 2 hours). If gloves are worn frequently or for a long period of time, proper skin care is recommended.