There is a lot of confusion about which disposable gloves are the best, or which gloves you should be using in the food, medical and cleaning industries. Nitrile is a synthetic rubber compound that is commonly used as a disposable glove material. Nitrile has a higher puncture resistance than any other glove material. Nitrile also has a better chemical resistance than Latex or Vinyl gloves.
'Hands of love': warm latex gloves mimic human touch for COVID-19 patients in Brazil
"The dirty hand in the latex glove": a study of hand hygiene compliance when gloves are worn
The COVID pandemic has sparked a great deal of interest in how people might avoid getting infected. One of the methods public health officials strongly encourage is handwashing. By now, everyone should be adept at washing their hands like a surgeon preparing for theatre. People touch their faces all the time, often without realising, so an infected person can get the virus on their hands from their mouth or nose and pass it on to others, either directly although handshakes are now strongly discouraged or by contaminating a surface which others then touch, such as a door handle, keyboard or handrail. But repeatedly cleaning your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitiser can lead to damaged skin and soreness. It would seem that a simpler solution is to wear disposable gloves, which are often made of latex. But is this as safe as frequent hand washing?
Latex Exposures and Types of Symptoms/Response
As Brazil reports a surge in the number of Covid cases as well as the death toll, the health system in the country is under pressure. As people around the world continues to bear the brunt of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic , the Latin American country has been badly impacted. The kind action of a nurse as she tried to simulate human touch by using disposable surgical gloves has won kudos.
Background and objective: Wearing of gloves reduces transmission of organisms by healthcare workers' hands but is not a substitute for hand hygiene. Results of previous studies have varied as to whether hand hygiene is worse when gloves are worn. Most studies have been small and used nonstandardized assessments of glove use and hand hygiene. We sought to observe whether gloves were worn when appropriate and whether hand hygiene compliance differed when gloves were worn.