Nitrile gloves offer the strength of synthetic material with the flexibility of latex. Our powder-free nitrile gloves are made from latex-free synthetic nitrile material, which means there’s no risk of allergic reactions. Our stretchy yet tough gloves are 3.5 millimetres thick to protect against punctures, pathogens, chemicals and other contaminants and are FDA approved for use in medical applications.
These tough yet flexible nitrile exam gloves conform to your hands and protect you against punctures, pathogens, chemicals, and biological contaminants. Outstanding tactile sensitivity and micro textured finger tips lend a fine grip to instruments and tools. Full exterior glove texture gives you better overall wet and dry grip. Long 9.5″ glove cuff length protects your wrists. Ambidextrous design means gloves fit either hand. Beaded cuffs make for easy on-and-off. Those concerned about skin care need not worry as these nitrile exam gloves are designed with skin health and wound care in mind.
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History & Safety
Nitrile gloves first entered the market during the 1990s human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic as use and demand of single-use personnel protective equipment (PPE) significantly increased. The exponential use of latex gloves increased allergic reactions such as type I hypersensitivity reactions and contact dermatitis caused by latex allergenic proteins. Type IV hypersensitivity reactions such as delayed allergenic contact (DAC) are also reported in response to residual accelerators exposure. Nitrile exam gloves are free of allergenic proteins and contain very low concentrations of residual accelerators as they can withstand higher vulcanization temperatures during manufacturing, allowing for their effective removal. Highly sensitized people may however still suffer from DAC reactions to powder free nitrile exam gloves and may prefer to wear vinyl gloves for non-surgical procedures such as wound care (2).
The demand for Nitrile gloves, also called or polybutadiene acrylonitrile gloves, has increased over the last two decades due to the rising of latex allergies in both health care workers and patients (1). Their synthetic monomer composition defines their integrity and durability; butadiene confers softness and elasticity, higher acrylonitrile concentration increases the efficiency in resistance to chemical penetration (fat, solvents and hydrocarbon oils), while carboxylic acid confers tear resistance (1).
Prior to market approval, nitrile gloves must undergo FDA testing for physical properties to evaluate optimal tactile sensation and dexterity (influenced by glove thickness), water tightness to assess the presence of micro-perforations and tensile strength to determine the maximum appliable force prior to rupture. Powder-free nitrile gloves must undergo additional testing to prove powder concentration is below 0.7 mg/ g of glove.
Lastly, strict biocompatibility testing is required to demonstrate the absence of toxicity and carcinogenicity due to glove direct dermal contact (1). In addition to Synguard nitrile gloves, some of the other major manufacturers of nitrile exam gloves we stock are Kimberly Clark, Ansell, Sri Trang and Top Glove.
Why are Nitrile gloves the preferred medical choice?
In addition to the significant reduction to latex proteins allergic reactions, there are several other advantages to powder free, single-use nitrile gloves.
Gloves represent a protective physical barrier, enhancing infection prevention and contamination transmission between patients, specimens and medical or laboratory personnel. Nonetheless, the Centre of Disease Control (CDC), advises healthcare workers to wash and disinfect hands before and after gloving, as tearing and micro-perforations may be the source of pathogen cross-contamination especially in intensive care unit (ICU) settings (5) but also in less high risk scenarios such as during wound care. Nitrile gloves have greater resistance to punctures and to lipid-soluble permeation but lower resistance to ketones such as acetone (2).
Simulated medical examination tactility tests (SMETT) evaluated tactile performance among ungloved subjects and ones wearing either latex exam gloves or powder free nitrile gloves. SMETT Bumps test results showed the highest performance was achieved by the ungloved group, while the nitrile glove wearing group scored average better detection rates compared to the latex exam glove wearing group (3).
Lastly, comparison of exposure hazard to blood-borne viruses (BVVs) transmission between nitrile and latex exam gloves associated nitrile gloves with the decreased transmission of red blood cells (RBCs) and superior wiping quality compared to single-layer latex gloves. Nonetheless, double gloving is advised for high-risk procedures (4).
Overall powder free nitrile exam gloves represent a safer and more protective choice due to the lack of allergenic proteins, decreased potential for cross-contamination and increased resistance to micro-perforations and punctures.
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