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Exam Gloves - Latex/Nitrile/Vinyl

Exam gloves are the norm whenever there is a procedure where sterility and cleanliness are needed. Exam gloves protect the wearer from chemicals, biohazards, and other potentially dangerous substances, whether the user is in a health care facility or in any situation where there are contamination hazards. Exam gloves also are to protect the patient from any cross contamination during exams or medical procedures. Medical exam gloves on Vitality Medical range in various sizes, thicknesses, and material. Exam gloves are available in multiple, popular brands at great prices.

Exam Gloves Patient Applications

  • Use Latex Gloves for: handling hazardous substances and maximum stretchability.
  • Use Vinyl Gloves for: handling biohazardous material, as an alternative to latex in case of allergic reaction, and for a low cost, economy exam glove.
  • Use Nitrile Gloves for an alternative to latex in case of allergic reaction, maximum strength and puncture resistance, a more breathable exam glove, and handling certain chemicals or medications.

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How To Choose the Best Exam Glove

Medical Exam Gloves are used to protect the health of the patient and caregiver. They offer a protective barrier between any contagion that the caregiver may be carrying as well as what the patient may have. This barrier reduces the risk of infection. There are three different types of medical gloves in common use--latex, vinyl, and nitrile. Latex is made from rubber, a natural material. Latex is most often used in medical procedures. Vinyl is a synthetic man-made material made of plastic from ethylene and chlorine. It is a low-cost option often used in food handling. Nitrile is also a synthetic material but is made from acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is highly elastic, resistant to punctures, resistant to chemicals, and easily conforms. It is used in medical procedures, maintenance, gardening and a host of other uses because of its durability. Each glove type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Below is a Glove Comparison Chart displaying the major differences between the different types and their advantages and disadvantages.

 

Types of Gloves with Advantages and Disadvantages

 

Advantages

  • most comfortable
  • durable
  • best dexterity
  • biodegradable
  • best sensitivity
  • long wear-time
  • short shelf-life

Disadvantages

  • allergies
  • short shelf-life
  • harder to don and doff

Advantages

  • durable
  • lowest cost
  • long shelf-life
  • easy to don and doff
  • anti-static
  • long shelf-life

Disadvantages

  • often wrinkled and saggy
  • low dexterity
  • not environment
  • low sensitivity

Advantages

  • comfortable
  • most durable
  • great dexterity
  • long shelf-life
  • good sensitivity
  • puncture resistant
  • long wear-time
  • chemical resistant

Disadvantages

  • not environment
  • higher cost