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Choosing the Right Glove

 

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Readigloves - Choosing the Right Glove - The Facts!

 

Choosing the correct gloves to provide the protection and dexterity for a specific task is not always straightforward. We have created two tables which give detail to the differences between the main glove materials and a comparison for every glove type. These can be located within the quick links section at the bottom of this webpage.

 

Readigloves Performance Chart

 

Toughness and Durability

Toughness & Durability

 

It is essential that gloves retain their integrity and resist tearing both when donning and in use. Nitrile and latex gloves are naturally more durable in use and less likely to rip on donning than vinyl gloves – even though they can be thinner than vinyl. For further information, click here.

 

Grip

Grip

 

The requirement for grip varies with the task being performed. For example, when manipulating a surgical instrument, a firm and reliable grip is critical. When caring for the elderly and patient bathing, a high level of grip is undesirable as it can cause discomfort. For further information, click here.

 

Sensitivity & Tactility

Sensitivity & Tactility

 

Sensitivity of touch is needed if handling small objects, holding delicate items, feeling for veins when inserting a cannula or taking blood, etc. Latex are the best gloves for sensitivity as they are very close fitting and very stretchy. For further information, click here.

 

Comfort, Fit & Dexterity

Comfort, Fit & Dexterity

 

The more stretch a glove has, the better it will conform to your hand and the less effort it will take to move the hand and fingers – thus reducing hand fatigue and increasing both dexterity and comfort levels. Latex offers the highest stretch, dexterity and comfort. For further information, click here.

 

Chemical Resistance

Chemical Resistance

 

The Readigloves® range of latex, nitrile and vinyl gloves are medical examination gloves and in general are not specifically for use with aggressive chemicals. However, they are resistant to a wide range of chemicals. For further information, click here.

 

Barrier Performance

Barrier Performance

 

Medical examination gloves protect both the wearer and the patient against cross infection risk. Latex and nitrile gloves have exceptionally high biological barrier characteristics. In addition, the more durable a glove, the less likely it is to tear. For further information, click here.

 

Tear Resistance

Tear Resistance

 

Tearing occurs typically on donning and in use. On donning, gloves can tear at the cuff. Latex and nitrile gloves offer excellent performance against cuff tearing as they are very stretchy. Vinyl gloves are more prone to tearing, particularly if they are a tight fit. For further information, click here.

 

Latex Allergy Risk

Latex Allergy Risk

 

Certain individuals may be sensitive to the proteins found in natural rubber latex. This can cause effects ranging from mild skin irritation to a severe allergic reaction known as a Type I natural rubber latex allergic reaction. For further information, click here.

 

Contact Dermititis Risk

Contact Dermititis Risk

 

The addition of powder used to be a popular method to aid the donning of gloves and is still used by some manufacturers today. However, powder presents a cross infection risk through direct contact or aerosolisation (dispersal in air) when removing the glove. For further information, click here.

 

Ease of Donning

Ease of Donning

 

Gloves can be difficult to don, particularly if the hands are wet or the glove is too small. All latex and nitrile gloves are specially treated inside to ease the donning process. Vinyl are not treated – though the fact that they are normally worn baggy helps donning. For further information, click here.

 

Powder Content

Powder Content

 

None of the Robinson Readigloves® ranges in this catalogue are powdered. This is because they are specially manufactured so that powder is not needed to aid donning. In addition, powder can leave an unpleasant residue on the hand after use (it combines with sweat). For further information, click here.

 

Food Contact

Food Contact

 

When handling food, it is very important that chemicals in the glove do not leach out and get onto the food where they could be ingested. The food itself can trigger the release of these chemicals – depending on the glove material type. For further information, click here.

 

 

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