Prevent spread of microbes: Choose the right glove
Microbes spread easily in health care institutions due to the physical contact among patients and health care professionals and as occupational infections among health care professionals. Most microbes are spread through your hands, so when wearing gloves, you significantly reduce spread of infections.
Gloves come in almost all sorts and sizes, but not all gloves are suitable for working in health care. The important parameters to know when selecting gloves are the intended application and the need for protection against various risks. To determine which gloves to use, a number of factors should be considered to ensure a healthy and hygienic environment, such as: the intended task, material, thickness, size, time of use, and disposal.
Quick guide: How to choose the right glove
Overview of how to choose the right glove (based on material):
Nitrile gloves are good all-round medical gloves, as they are recommended for a wide range of uses including chemotherapy, patient care, bodily fluids, cleaning, and food handling.
Latex gloves are good health care gloves as they are good for patient care, cleaning, food handling etc., but not for chemicals such as chemotherapy (cytostatica) or hormone creams.
Vinyl gloves are recommended for short cleaning tasks and suitable for some situations of patient care but not recommended for all health care use.
See our extensive guide for choosing the right glove for the right task here
Know your symbols!
Medical examination gloves used in health care must comply with a number of requirements and standards laid down in European legislation. Several symbols exist in this context and it is important to know what they mean to be able to choose the right glove. The CE mark is often seen as a quality mark, but this symbol does not really say anything about what a glove can and cannot be used for. Thus, knowing your symbols and legislation is decisive in the process of choosing the right glove.
Want to know more about the standards and requirements for gloves?
Check out our page on legislation for gloves.
Correct use and disposal of gloves
Besides choosing the right type of glove and practicing accurate and frequent hand hygiene measures, correct use of the glove is also essential to fighting spread of infections. It is important to be aware of how you don as well as take off a glove, and especially taking off the glove deserves extra attention. After use, the gloves are ‘polluted’ with microbes that you do not want to come into contact with your skin or clothing.
New innovative Antimicrobial Gloves
What if medical glove could kill microbes upon contact? Abena Antimicrobial Gloves do just this. While conventional medical gloves serve only as a passive barrier between microbes and your hands, Abena Antimicrobial Gloves have a built-in antimicrobial technology that actively helps to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and thus spread of infections.
Activated by light and oxygen, and able to kill up to 99.999% of selected microbes, these new gloves provide an extra active layer of protection to health care around the world.