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Best Uses for Neoprene Gloves

Research and innovation within the medical field continues to allow new and diverse products to be developed that aid staff and patients in preventing the spread of contaminants. Neoprene gloves are one such invention, often used as an alternative to traditional latex for both surgical and examination applications. These gloves really do have it all. They are lightweight, offer a high protection level and are very durable in all types of uses.

One of the greatest risks to medical staff is contact with contaminated materials such as blood, body fluids and very high risk viruses. Neoprene gloves are a perfect option for any type of patient care where these issues are present. This applies for both medical facilities as well as those professionals providing home health care services. In addition, any type of procedures that involve a lot of hand movement, fine detail work or procedures using surgical instruments are a great match for the neoprene gloves. This is because they are fitted to the hand and extremely durable and puncture resistant.

Unlike latex gloves, neoprene gloves don’t have any rubber protein and has an extremely low chance of causing any type of allergic reaction either by staff or patients. It is also a good exterior protection that limits any possible leakage or seepage of fluids into the glove during use. Like nitrile gloves, neoprene gloves tend to tear or rip if punctured, allowing the wearer to immediately take action to avoid any further contamination. However, these gloves are extremely resistant to damage and puncture, and are typically rated with a tensile strength of more than 3000 pounds per square inch when intact and undamaged.

Like a film, neoprene follows the natural contour of the hand similar to latex gloves. It is highly elastic, especially when stretched down the length of the glove. This means that it is easy to pull on and remain sterile while not stretching out of shape as the hand is moved during any type of use. Since the elasticity of the neoprene glove is slightly more than latex there is an initial adjustment for most users. Typically people simply switch to a larger size in this type of material if they feel that the elasticity is too constricting or uncomfortable.

Neoprene gloves have a higher level of chemical resistance that vinyl or latex gloves. This means that it is safe to use with most water and oil based liquids and materials. It is also resistant to chemicals, making it a good match for surgical work as well as laboratory tasks. These gloves are the new wave in examination and sterile surgical gloves and represent the best of all types of gloves.

Using neoprene gloves is a great way to ensure you have the thin, flexible protection you need with the durability of a much thicker, heavier glove. They are slightly more expensive than latex, but with all the benefits they offer, this price difference is often not significant. Neoprene gloves can be marketed for both surgical or sterile procedures as well as for examination gloves, making them a great addition in any health care task.


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