Medical Gloves
Medical Exam Gloves

Gloves generally keep us safe from pathogens and from spreading diseases. However, not all gloves are the same. Surgical gloves, medical gloves and exam gloves are made from different materials that have their pros and cons.
Here are some considerations when choosing the right gloves for your needs.

Medical Exam Gloves
Nitrile exam gloves are latex-free gloves made from synthetic rubber. They are less elastic than latex, but they are significantly more durable. These gloves are also resistant to many chemicals including acetic acid and sulphuric acid, making them an option for industrial applications.

Nitrile gloves are also a practical choice for laboratory use as they can protect you from various microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They are puncture-resistant, but they shed easily once torn. As such, they're not right for surgical environments.

When in a rush setting, it's better to opt for ambidextrous gloves that you can put on either hand. Nitrile gloves are also powder-free to minimize irritation and will comfortably fit either of your hands. What's more, the beaded cuffs prevent the gloves from rolling up when in use.

Vinyl Exam Gloves
Vinyl gloves are made from PVC, a petroleum-based film. Disposable vinyl gloves are cheaper to manufacture but less durable than nitrile or latex gloves. They offer less protection from chemicals and punctures and lose their integrity when stretched.

Vinyl exam gloves are perfect for low-infectious and non-hazardous applications. They are used for non-infectious healthcare tasks to protect the hands. For example, a nurse or medical assistant might wear vinyl gloves when taking vital signs.

For better tactility and dexterity, choose vinyl gloves. The textured fingertips help to improve the grip, while the ergonomic design reduces muscle strain when making repetitive motions.

Latex TLC Exam Gloves
Latex gloves protect the hands from contaminants, chemicals, and biohazards. The main advantage of latex gloves is their elasticity, making them suitable for a lot of functions from household to industrial purposes. These gloves are thin but fit better than other types of gloves. They're easy to wear and offer a high level of dexterity.

Latex gloves are the main choice for healthcare purposes. They are resistant to tearing and will significantly protect you from the pathogens and chemicals used in healthcare. Due to their comfortable, snug fit, they have the "second-skin" feel making them suitable for tactile-sensitive procedures.

Aside from protection, some latex gloves also nourish your hands like the TLC exam gloves. These multi-layered, powder-free, elastic gloves combine the elasticity of latex and the strength of copolymers. Many brands also have an Aloe and Vitamin E coating that will prevent dryness and skin cracking.

These are not the right choice for someone with a latex allergy.

Synthetic Zero Surgical Gloves
Some medical procedures need extra attention when it comes to gloves. For example, use chemo-tested synthetic zero surgical gloves for activities that use powerful chemicals. For extra safety, use micro-textured gloves with a polymer coating so you can easily handle even the most delicate instruments.

Most disposable gloves, whether they are nitrile, vinyl or latex, come in sizes from extra small all the way up to extra large.

Polyisoprene Powder-Free Surgical Gloves
Make sure to stock up on 100% synthetic polyisoprene gloves for latex-sensitive people. These gloves deliver the same performance as latex gloves without putting people's health at risk. What's more, these gloves have an anti-slip and smooth finish for increased safety.

Glove Dispenser
Keep your sharps and gloves handy and organized with a sharps wall cabinet with a built-in glove box. This sturdy cabinet mount ensures the container's vertical position and features a viewing window to monitor fill level. What's more, it has an unobtrusive style and neutral color that will fit any room decor.