EXAMINATION LATEX GLOVES
Composed of latex, most commonly used gloves.
- Provides high comfort;
- Should be used in low-medium risk procedures, not to be used in invasive examinations;
- High elasticity.
EXAMINATION NITRILE GLOVES
This variant is composed of high quality nitrile compounds.
- Suitable for people with latex allergies;
- High resistance to puncturing and corrosive/irritable chemicals.
EXAMINATION VINYL GLOVES (STANDARD AND STRETCH)
These gloves are manufactured from vinyl.
- Vinyl gloves are the most economical option out of all the materials;
- Have a relatively low resistance to puncture, and therefore should only be used in low risk procedures for example patient transportation;
- Good alternative to latex gloves for people with latex allergies;
- Stretch vinyl gloves offer more elasticity than the standard variant.
- Wide variety of materials, each one catering to the different needs of the procedure, the patient, and the glove wearer;
- Relatively inexpensive, safe to use (if one is allergic to latex, there are other materials available);
- Protects the wearer from contracting infections due to cross contamination;
- Easily disposed, low risk of transferring contaminants since they are single use;
- Examination gloves are available in multiple sizes. There is a size for everybody;
- Gloves conform to size and shape of hand, translating to a comfortable fit for the wearer;
- Relatively inexpensive;
- Gloves are ambidextrous, enabling use on both hands;
- Come in sterile and non-sterile variants. Non-sterile gloves can be sterilized through use of sterilization solutions.
The correct size of gloves must be worn by the user, as gloves that are too big may slip off mid-examination or if they’re too tight, they may break. In either case, safety for the wearer and the patient is comprised.
Care must be taken to select the right type of glove for the procedure – invasive procedures require sterile gloves, whereas non-sterile gloves should only be worn for non-invasive procedures.
If the individual is allergic to latex, alternative material must be used. If unsure, an alternative material should be used in case the individual is allergic. Testing for a reaction to determine if allergic or not should be undertaken.
Examination gloves are slipped over the hands, ensuring correct fit and comfort is attained. Slight adjustments may be necessary in order to achieve this. The wearer is ready for examination.
It is imperative that the gloves (especially sterile gloves) are not used if the packaging or seal is compromised. Evidence of this may suggest tampering or loss of sterility. If one should come across gloves inside comprised packaging, the correct course of action is to dispose of it quickly and safely.
- It is of utmost importance that gloves are not reused. Once used, the device is not fit to be salvaged for further use, as sterilization cannot be retained. Re-using gloves can result in infections being transmitted between health practitioner and patient;
- Must prepare the gloves for use in a clean, sterile environment, absent of bodily fluids or other sources of contamination;
- Sterile gloves must be worn for invasive procedures;
- Promptly and safely dispose of any gloves that have touched a potentially contaminated surface;
- Correct material must be selected according to procedure – medium risk procedures require a glove material that is puncture resistant i.e. nitrile gloves. Vinyl gloves should be avoided in these types of procedures;
- Care must be taken when selecting the correct glove size – a comfortable, correct fit is imperative for the wearer to perform a procedure to a high standard and to maintain safety;
- If the individual is allergic to latex, gloves made from an alternative material must be used. If unsure, an alternative material should be used in case the individual is allergic. Testing for a reaction to determine if allergic or not should be undertaken before latex gloves can be safely worn.
Examination gloves are manufactured using a variety of materials. The materials used in the range offered by AdvaCare are latex, nitrile, vinyl and stretch vinyl gloves.