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Medical gloves are a vital barrier of defence against the spread of bacteria, viruses and other harmful agents. At Solar Medical we stock two core types of medical gloves: vinyl gloves and nitrile cobalt gloves. Both fulfil similar roles in preventing hands from coming in contact with harmful particles, but nitrile cobalt gloves provide superior long-term strength and chemical defence. They’re perfect for homecare environments and keep you working hygienically and safely around patient care. Shop our range of highly durable and latex-free, vinyl and nitrile gloves today

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What are medical gloves used for?

Medical gloves are used to prevent the spread of infection and disease by providing a barrier between the user's hands and the patient or objects being handled. 

They are commonly used in medical settings such as hospitals, clinics, and laboratories and in other industries such as food handling and cleaning.  

How do I properly wear and remove medical gloves? 

To wear medical gloves, first ensure your hands are clean and dry.

Then, carefully tear open the packaging and remove one glove at a time, careful not to touch the inside.

Then, carefully tear open the packaging and remove one glove at a time, careful not to touch the inside.

Slip the glove onto your hand, ensuring it is properly positioned and not twisted. Next, repeat this process for the other hand. To remove the gloves, first, grasp the glove at the wrist and peel it away from your hand, being careful not to touch the inside of the glove. Then, carefully pull the glove away from your hand and discard it.

What are the different types of medical gloves available? 

Several different types of medical gloves are available, including neoprene gloves, latex gloves, nitrile gloves and vinyl gloves. Latex gloves have become less common due to latex allergies.

Nitrile gloves are made from synthetic rubber and are a good option for people with latex allergies. Vinyl gloves are made from PVC and are generally less expensive than latex or nitrile gloves. Neoprene gloves are also made from a type of synthetic rubber and are often used in the medical industry for their durability and chemical resistance.

How often should medical gloves be replaced? 

You should replace medical gloves as soon as they become damaged or soiled or after prolonged use.

The exact time frame for replacement will depend on the type of activity being performed and the level of risk of exposure to infection or disease.

You should always replace gloves periodically after assisting each patient for general use in care homes or homecare settings.

Can medical gloves cause an allergic reaction? 

Yes, medical gloves can cause an allergic reaction, particularly in individuals with a latex allergy.

If you have a known allergy to latex or any other type of glove material, be sure to use gloves made from an alternative material. For example, Solar Medical’s nitrile gloves and vinyl gloves are latex-free.

Are all medical gloves latex-free? 

Not all medical gloves are latex-free. However, many manufacturers now offer latex-free options for individuals with latex allergies.

Latex-free gloves have become more popular recently, and most nurses and medical professionals use latex-free gloves as standard.

How do I properly dispose of used medical gloves? 

Discard medical gloves in a puncture-resistant container where possible. Contaminated medical gloves are considered medical waste and should be disposed of as such.

Can medical gloves be recycled? 

Used medical gloves are not typically recyclable, as they are considered medical waste.