Disposable Medical Gloves from Medline atHome
As we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, PPE, or personal protective equipment, including disposable gloves, continues to be in high demand. Medline is one of the largest manufacturers of healthcare products and we sell millions and millions of gloves – nitrile, latex, latex-free, vinyl and synthetic – to hospitals, doctor’s offices and healthcare providers every year. Now we’re making these exam and surgical gloves available on Medline atHome so everyone can buy and use the same disposable gloves medical professionals use.
Below we answer some commonly asked questions about this essential piece of PPE.
What are medical gloves?
Medical gloves are wearable PPE that provides barrier protection. When you wear gloves, they create a physical barrier between you and airborne and blood-borne pathogens, bacteria, germs and viruses. Gloves that are thicker are frequently cut resistant or puncture resistant and they’re good for medical tasks involving needles.
It’s important to remember that gloves don’t only protect you -- they also help protect others from the transmission of germs and infection.
What are medical gloves made of?
Disposable medical gloves can be made of latex, nitrile, neoprene, vinyl or other synthetic materials. Choosing the right material is a matter of personal preference, but here are some features of each type:
Latex gloves were long a preferred choice of medical professionals due to their comfort, tighter fit (lack of bagging around wrist and fingers), elasticity and tactile sensitivity. However, they offer little chemical protection and it’s hard to detect a tear, puncture or break. Due to the rise of latex allergies, they are not as popular as they once were.
Medline bestseller: CURAD Latex Exam gloves CUR8105
Nitrile gloves are a type of synthetic rubber glove made from nitrile. They’re extremely durable, offer good flexibility and elasticity and are great for extended wear. They provide the strongest barrier protection from chemicals, acids and oils. They’re more puncture resistant than latex and since nitrile rips when damaged, it’s easy to spot a tear, puncture or break. As latex allergies and sensitivities have increased, nitrile has become a more popular choice.
Medline bestseller: Medline FitGuard Touch Nitrile Exam Gloves FG100L
Neoprene gloves are a type of synthetic rubber glove made from chloroprene and they’re more durable than nitrile. They offer a snug fit, and while they’re stretchy, they easily return to their original shape. They’re also a great choice for extended wear or handling chemicals. As latex allergies and sensitivities have increased, neoprene has become a more popular choice.
Medline bestseller: DermaSure Green Neoprene Surgical Gloves
Vinyl gloves are the most economical choice. They’re soft, comfortable to wear and a good option for those with latex allergies. Because of their loose fit, low protection level and low durability, they’re best for low-risk, light-duty use.
Medline bestseller: Clear Vinyl Gloves SB512H
When should you wear disposable gloves?
You should always wear gloves if you’re administering first aid, cleaning wounds, tending to the home healthcare needs of a loved one or handling incontinence care. You should also wear them when cleaning up vomit, blood, urine or feces.
It’s important to remember that disposable medical gloves are not reusable. They’re single use which means that you need to safely dispose of them when you’re done with your task. Reusing gloves is very dangerous and can lead to cross contamination.
Sterile or nonsterile gloves?
Nonsterile gloves are a good choice for most home healthcare, first aid or household tasks. Sterile gloves are typically reserved for surgical procedures, however those caring for a loved one with compromised immunity or those administering chronic wound care may want to choose a sterile glove.
What are the benefits of powder-free gloves?
Most gloves are now powder free which means they are less messy -- there’s no powder to get on hands and clothes. Serious concerns were raised about the possibility of the powder in gloves aerosolizing and inflaming wounds or airways or causing an allergic reaction so the powder has been removed from most gloves. As a result, powder-free has become the new norm.