Gloves Latex - High Quality, Cuffed
High Quality Latex Gloves
Uniformly thin for maximum sensitivity
Lightly powdered with a minimum of NDA.
, Sizes S, M, L
Choosing the latex gloves that suit one needs
Before, there has been an increasing occurrence of allergic reactions among health care workers to latex medical gloves. This is due to the institution of universal precautions in response to the AIDS epidemic, and the resultant dramatic increase in glove usage. It is very vital that when you use this kind of glove, make sure that you purchase it through a reputable center. A large body of literature on this subject has built up in the allergy, immunology, and nursing journals, but there have been relatively few publications in the surgical literature, so many surgeons and surgical subspecialists remain relatively ignorant in this area. This article will summarize the most significant findings from this literature from the point of view of the glove user such as the surgeon and nurse. Here, you will get many ideas that you can use in order for you to have the best information about this kind of glove, and where to buy it. A major theme is that а latex glove, like all medical devices, has benefits as well as risks. There are potential side effects from this device, and the surgeon needs to consider these in making his or her choice of surgical glove. There are things that you need to consider when you choose a glove. It is not enough to know the right kind of product, you need to make sure also that you purchase it through the right center.
You should understand what it is that you are putting against your skin. It is significant to consider the risk of allergic sensitization when selecting gloves rather than just choosing the lowest cost item available, or simply relying on the hospital purchasing department to make the appropriate choice for you. Remember that non-sterile examination gloves for use in the office are important to evaluate as well. So, you may ask, what glove characteristics should you look for? First, gloves offer barrier protection both for the health care worker and the patient to guard against contact with blood, other body fluids, and microorganisms. Latex has been in use for about 100 years, and has proven barrier protective capability. In а series of studies, Korniewicz has shown that vinyl gloves have higher leakage rates than latex, less barrier effectiveness, and are consequently less suitable for surgery. They reported thаt although both vinyl and latex examination gloves provide protection to the user; latex gloves maintain their integrity longer under in-use conditions. The barrier effectiveness of synthetic rubber gloves is not as well established at this time as for latex. Keep in mind that a glove needs to be comfortable. One should be able to slip one’s hand into it easily, and then be able to perform surgery as if you weren’t even wearing а glove at all. Latex excels - the synthetic materials are frequently stiffer than latex, and less comfortable to wear. Cost is also important. Latex gloves are typically less expensive than synthetic rubber gloves. To make it clear, latex has substantial benefits as а material for surgical gloves. So, let us talk about the risks. A latex glove contains natural latex, cornstarch powder and numerous chemicals. These are foreign matter, and the human immune system sometimes responds.
Irritant dermatitis - This is skin irritation that does not involve the body’s immune response. It is not an allergic response. Some causes include: frequent hand washing and insufficient drying, aggressive scrubbing technique or detergents, mechanical abrasive effect of glove powder, climatic irritation cold climates can cause dry, chapped skin and hot weather can cause excessive sweating, and emotional stress. Even though this is not an allergic reaction, irritant hand dermatitis can cause breaks in the skin which can allow easier entry of the sensitizing latex protein or glove chemicals, and in turn lead to latex allergy. Next is the delayed cutaneous hypersensitivity - This is а contact (hand) dermatitis generally due to the chemicals used in latex glove production. It is mediated via T-cells. The skin reaction is usually seen 6-48 hours after contact. The reaction is local and limited to the skin that has contacted the glove. While not life threatening, those with type IV allergy are at increased risk to develop type І allergy. One route of sensitization is that latex proteins art more easily able to enter the body through the broken skin barrier. Immediate reaction (type І allergy) - These are systemic allergic reactions caused by circulating IgE antibodies to the proteins in natural latex. Symptoms include hives, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma due to bronchoconstriction, and in severe cases anaphylaxis and hypotension. Symptoms will occur soon after exposure to latex. There are several routes of exposure that can lead to type І sensitivity: cutaneous, mucosal, parenteral, and aerosol. There are several groups of people known to be at increased risk for latex allergy: patients who have had multiple hospitalizations and been exposed numerous times to latex medical products, health care workers, and workers in the rubber industry. Current estimates are that 8-17% of health care workers become sensitized. The recent emphasis on universal precautions, with а concomitant marked increase in glove usage, is largely blamed for the increase in allergy among health care workers. Atopic individuals are at significantly greater risk to develop latex allergy than the general population. It is estimated that as many as 25-30% of atopic health care workers may become sensitized.
The other major issue is the cornstarch powder that has long been used in latex gloves. Researchers have shown in several papers that cornstarch powder binds the latex protein in the surgical glove, which allows the antigen to reach both the wearer’s skin more easily and the patient’s skin. Also, when the surgeon removes the glove, cornstarch powder is released into the air, and this becomes а significant source of aerosolized latex protein that can sensitize health care workers via inhalation. Keep in mind that not all latex gloves are created equal. There are important differences between manufacturers and product lines in the amount of free latex protein that can be liberated from the glove and the number and types of chemicals used in glove production. Also, gloves can be soaked after production to try to leach out the protein and chemicals, and once more there will be differences between manufacturers in how effectively these are removed. There is literature that clearly shows that some brands of gloves are more allergenic than others.