The correct way to put on disposable gloves is not something that is always known within care homes and nursing environments. It is proven that the correct application of vinyl, latex and nitrile gloves could significantly reduce the wastage of gloves. This is due to the fact that the incorrect application can easily lead to damaged or contaminated gloves.
Gloves4U disposable gloves already reduce the risk of contamination using their FirstHand dispensing system but, the quality of the glove is much more durable than other manufacturers. Meaning your care, nursing and housekeeping staff do not suffer the traditional frustrations of using disposable gloves.
Remove the glove by the cuff from the glove box using the Gloves4U FirstHand dispensing system
Hold the wrist end of the disposable glove (to reduce contaminating the glove), open using your thumb and four fingers
Ease your fingers into the glove then palm and thumb of the other hand inside the glove
Gently pull the wrist end of the glove with your thumb and fingers while easing the hand fully into the glove
Pull the glove to a comfortable fit
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IMPORTANT INFO: Donning a glove incorrectly can often cause gloves to rip and puncture, this is generally not due to a faulty glove.
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To help with the control and prevention of infections and harmful bacteria, it is essential the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is used around the care home. The spread of spoilage organisms and pathogens can disrupt the flow of your home, make you non-compliant with CQC regulations and cause harm to patients and visitors.
Using the right disposable gloves can significantly impact the possibility of this happening in your home, but only if you get the right gloves for the right job.
So here is a guide to help you choose the right glove.
Latex disposable gloves are made out of natural rubber and usually chosen for comfort, fit and dexterity. They are more elastic than Nitrile disposable gloves and more puncture resistant than Vinyl.
- Provide a high level of flexibility and comfort
- Protection against chemicals, infections, and contamination
- Available in powdered and powder free
- Increased risk of allergies
- Cost can fluctuate due to weather conditions
Vinyl disposable gloves are usually a cheaper alternative to Latex and Nitrile. They are the glove of choice for duties that do not require as much durability and high levels of protection. Best used when you need basic hand protection for carrying out low-risk tasks.
- Reduced risk of allergic reactions as they are Latex free
- Perfect for basic hand protection
- Available in clear, powdered or powder free
- Do not fit the hand as comfortably, unlike the Latex and Vinyl disposable gloves.
Nitrile disposable gloves are made from synthetic rubber which means they are more durable and offer better protection against punctures and chemicals. Although the glove is more expensive to purchase than the other gloves, it is worth the extra cost. Its performance is far more superior than the others and is a perfect fit for any work environment.
- Reduced risk of allergic reactions as it is Latex free
- Durable against punctures and chemicals
- Good dexterity and sensitivity
- Protects against petroleum based products
- More expensive than Vinyl and Latex
Synthetic disposable gloves are hypoallergenic and durable. They are suitable for an extremely wide range of environments such as medical, laboratory and food handling.
- Reduced risk of allergic reactions they are Latex free
- Extremely comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time
- Offers a soft touch, greater sensitivity and agility- more so than Vinyl and Nitrile
- Better fit, but less chemical resistant than Nitrile
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