Disposable Glove Buying Guide

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Disposable Glove Buying Guide
NATURAL RUBBER LATEX
ATTRIBUTES
• Original glove material
• Excellent barrier performance
• Appropriate for most uses
• Highly elastic, comfortable fit
ISSUES
• Potential for allergies to latex proteins
• Contains chemicals that could cause dermal irritation
• Reaction can range from sneezing to anaphylactic shock
(life-threatening)
• Powdered gloves can release the proteins into the air
when donning and removing the glove
• Allergies affect 8 to 16% of work-exposed individuals
LATEX ALLERGIES
• T YPE I (IMMEDIATE) hypersensitivity to natural rubber
latex proteins that can be very serious or occasionally
even fatal.
• T YPE IV (DELAYED) allergic contact dermatitis, which
involves a skin rash and is often caused by chemicals
in the manufacturing process
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
• Strength and elasticity
• Barrier protection against blood and a variety of chemicals
PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES
• Less susceptible to material breakdown and leakage
• Intended Uses - Appropriate for most applications
• Most comfortable because of elasticity
COST
The price of Latex has fluctuated throughout the years.
Today, latex is more expensive than vinyl but comparable
in price to nitrile.
Uses: (Appropriate for most applications)
• Wound care
• Routine oral procedures
• General patient
• Suture removal
examinations
• Food handling
• Dispensing medication
For maximum protection, change gloves every 15-30 minutes
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Disposable Glove
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT GLOVE FOR THE RIGHT JOB
NITRILE
MEDICAL / Exam
ATTRIBUTES
• Barrier protection against blood
and a variety of chemicals
• More elastic than vinyl with greater
puncture resistance than latex
• Comfort more similar to latex
• Available in a variety of colors
MEDICAL
DENTAL
ISSUES
Accelerators in glove manufacturing process may cause skin
irritation (less common compared to latex allergies)
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Molecular structure allows wearer to quickly identify a rip,
hole or tear
PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES
Less susceptible to material breakdown and leakage than
a vinyl or even a latex glove
COST
Nitrile has become competitively priced due to recent price
increases related to latex and vinyl raw materials.
Uses: (Appropriate for most applications)
• Excellent choice for medical, jan/san, safety,
laboratory, tattoo and food services
• Chemical exposure
NON-MEDICAL / Industrial
VET
FOOD
QUESTION TO ASK YOUR CUSTOMER: ARE
SAFETY
GEN LABS/MISC.
PURPOSE
YOU SENSITIVE TO LATEX?
NO
YES
NO
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EXAM LATEX
POWDER-FREE
EXAM VINYL
POWDER-FREE
IND. LATEX
POWDER-FREE
YES
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IND. VINYL
POWDER-FREE
IND. SYNTHETIC
POWDER-FREE
SIZE
REORDER #
SIZE
REORDER #
SIZE
REORDER #
SIZE
REORDER #
SIZE
S
BWK 351S
S
BWK 361S
M
BWK 345M
M
BWK 365M
S
BWK 315S
M
BWK 351M
M
BWK 361M
L
BWK 345L
L
BWK 365L
M
BWK 315M
XL
BWK 345XL
XL
BWK 365XL
L
BWK 351L
L
BWK 361L
XL
BWK 351XL
XL
BWK 361XL
REORDER #
L
BWK 315L
XL
BWK 315XL
For maximum protection, change gloves every 15-30 minutes
VINYL/SYNTHETIC
ATTRIBUTES
• Most economical choice
ISSUES
• Cuff has loose fit and minimal protection
against blood borne pathogens or chemicals
• Vinyl is worn during quick applications where
comfort level is not critical
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
• Minimal elasticity/flexibility
• Typically clear in color
PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES
• Natural body oils can breakdown the glove material
• Susceptible to material breakdown and leakage
COST
• Vinyl typically chosen for price point
• Raw material (PVC) and oil prices directly affect
the cost of vinyl gloves
Uses: (Intended for short-term, non-invasive tasks)
• Dispensing medication
• Transporting patients
• Non-invasive physical examinations
• Food handling, jan/san services
For maximum protection, change gloves every 15 minutes or less
DO YOU NEED POWDERED GLOVES?
YES
YES
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EXAM LATEX
POWDERED
IND. LATEX
POWDERED
SIZE
REORDER #
SIZE
S
BWK 350S
S
REORDER #
BWK 355S
M
BWK 350M
M
BWK 355M
L
BWK 350L
L
BWK 355L
XL
BWK 350XL
XL
BWK 355XL
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IND. NITRILE
POWDER-FREE
IND. 5 MIL NITRILE
POWDER-FREE
SIZE
REORDER #
SIZE
REORDER #
S
BWK 380S
M
BWK 395M
M
BWK 380M
L
BWK 395L
L
BWK 380L
XL
BWK 395XL
XL
BWK 380XL
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IND. BLACK NITRILE
POWDER-FREE
SIZE
REORDER #
S
BWK 396S
M
BWK396M
L
BWK 396L
XL
BWK 396XL

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