A Quick Guide to Medical Gloves

Medical gloves are an example of personal protective equipment used to protect the wearer and/or patient from infection or the spread of disease during medical procedures and examinations. Infection control strategies include the use of medical gloves. Medical gloves are disposable, including examination gloves, surgical gloves, and medical gloves (chemo gloves) for handling chemotherapy drugs. These gloves are designated by the FDA as a Class I reserved medical device and require a 510(k) premarket notification. The FDA reviews these devices to ensure they meet performance standards such as leak resistance, tear resistance, and biocompatibility.

1. What kind of gloves do doctors use?

Doctors and general practitioners use disposable gloves to provide barrier protection between them and their patients. Doctors usually use nonsterile nitrile or latex gloves. Latex gloves have been used in industry for longer. However, nitrile gloves are now preferred because they have higher puncture resistance and do not require powder coating.

2. What kind of gloves do surgeons use?

Surgeons need to use special disposable sterile gloves. Because surgeons’ work often involves touching open wounds, they must use sterile disposable gloves. Most surgeons use sterile disposable gloves, each packaged individually. However, some low-risk practitioners may use sterilized disposable gloves in boxes of 50 or 100 disposable gloves.

3. Which gloves are better nitrile gloves or vinyl gloves in the medical industry?

In the medical industry, nitrile gloves are better than vinyl gloves. Nitrile gloves are of higher quality than vinyl gloves, and nitrile gloves do not need to be powdered. Nitrile gloves are less prone to breakage or damage than vinyl gloves, which means nitrile gloves provide a better barrier protection for the wearer.


4. What do nitrile gloves protect?

Nitrile gloves protect against physical hazards. They provide a physical protective barrier between the user and potential hazards. Nitrile Disposable Gloves protect you from bacteria, viruses, microorganisms, biohazards, dirt and chemicals. Medical gloves worn by a worker

5. Do hospitals use latex or nitrile gloves?

Hospitals use latex and nitrile gloves. Latex allergies are on the rise, and frequent exposure to latex can lead to severe dermatitis, so hospitals often offer their staff both nitrile and latex options.

6. Why do doctors wear blue gloves?

The doctor wears blue gloves because it is easy to see that the gloves are broken.

For example, it is easy to see if the glove is torn or punctured, or if the glove is contaminated. As with white disposable gloves, white and blue disposable gloves are the most common in the medical industry.

  1. What are the standards for medical gloves in every country?

No, each country can have different standards for describing and selling a glove as medically safe. In Australia, for example, we have some of the strictest requirements for disposable gloves, which must be certified and registered as medical safety gloves by our Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

8. What are chemotherapy gloves?

Chemotherapy gloves are disposable gloves that meet the ASTM D6978 standard for evaluating the resistance of medical gloves to the penetration of chemotherapy drugs. In environments where exposure to chemotherapy may be possible, use only disposable gloves certified to ASTM D6978.

The glove company has a new disposable glove with ASTM D6978 certification coming later this year. As the launch date approaches, we will provide more details and information on the safe handling of chemotherapy drugs.

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