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Disposable Gloves have a increased demand from the general public for healthcare professionals to be accountable for their actions, many are becoming familiar with clinical governance and other initiatives to improve clinical practice. Good infection control is central to nursing practice. To achieve higher standards of clinical practice, especially when thinking about how to reduce the risk of cross-infection, it is necessary to not only do the right thing, but also do the thing right. Safe practice should be uppermost in the minds of healthcare professionals when caring for patients. This articles attempts to look at the practical aspects in the selection of medical gloves that are available for use. It also shares some latest findings on latest problem of allergies to latex.

Barrier ProtectionStrength & DurabilityPuncture ResistanceFit & ComfortElasticityAllergenicity
LatexLong-standing barrier qualitiesStrong, natural rubber is durableHas Re-seal qualitiesProvides comfortable fitNatural ability due to elastic quality rubberContains protein & chemical allergens low powder is preferred
Neoprene (Chloroprene)Good but tear resistance Is marginalStrongHas some puncture resistant qualitiesProvides a good fit, has some elastic ability that enhances fitClose to latex & allows for flexibilityContains no latex proteins but has some accelerator chemicals
NitrileResistant to punctures & tears, flexes & does not develop holesStrong has puncture resistant qualitiesHas puncture resistant qualitiesSlightly tighter fitLess than latex over time tends to shape to wearer’s handContains no proteins but contains some accelerator chemicals
VinylEasily breaks during use, BaggyWeak, breaks easily & punctures easily in usePunctures with sharpsFit limited baggyDexterity compromisedContains no proteins but chemical accelerators
PolyurethaneDurable & high puncture resistanceExcellent tear, puncture & abrasion resistanceSuperior to latex for puncture resistance; mimics nitrile in performanceGood comfort & fit; has latex – like qualitiesElasticity is apparentContains no latex proteins & no chemical accelerators
Copolymer (block polymers)Good resistance to tearsStronger than vinyl; puncture resistance is fairEasy to punctureLatex like fit and comfortableElasticity superior to vinyl but below latexContains no latex proteins but some chemical accelerators
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