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Different Types of Disposable Gloves and When to Use Them

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Different Types of Disposable Gloves and When to Use Them

In any health and social care setting, disposable gloves are essential to protect both staff and patients from contamination, as well as preventing infection from spreading.

With various disposable gloves on the market, you may be wondering which to order, so to help you get started, we’ve put together this guide to the types of gloves available here at Care Shop.

 

 

When should disposable gloves be worn?

Disposable gloves should be worn for a variety of tasks in health and social care environments, including:

  • When handling IV and injection equipment such as needles and syringes
  • Whenever you come into contact with broken skin, for instance when changing a dressing or treating a wound
  • Whenever you’re likely to come into contact with bodily fluids of any kind

As with all items of personal protective equipment (PPE), it is necessary to select appropriate materials to use. Staff should also be trained on the correct procedures to follow when using gloves.

 

What type of disposable gloves should I choose?

Here at Care Shop, we stock a range of disposable gloves made from a variety of materials. Depending on the task and the sensitivity of the skin of the wearer, some of these will be better in certain circumstances than others.

Read on below for a closer look at the types of gloves available in the Care Shop range.

  • Latex gloves 

Latex is a natural product made from rubber. It is flexible and very strong, so latex gloves fit snugly and offer a high level of protection. Wearing latex gloves also gives the user a high degree of tactile sensitivity. At Care Shop, we sell both examination gloves and surgical gloves made of latex.

An important thing to note is that some people are allergic to latex, so these gloves may not be suitable for everyone. Latex gloves are also more expensive than some of the other options on the market.

Latex gloves can be found in powdered and non-powdered varieties. Non-powdered gloves are usually best in healthcare settings, as powdered gloves can react with alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

  • Nitrile gloves

Nitrile is a very strong but thin material that is resistant to both chemicals and punctures. Nitrile gloves mould well to your natural hand shape and are known for their durability, comfort and practicality. They’re three times more puncture-resistant than natural rubber gloves, so they’re a good choice for using when handling sharp needles. They are also a good alternative for people with an allergy to latex.

  • Synthetic gloves

At Care Shop, we offer a wide range of synthetic gloves, including examination gloves and surgical gloves. These gloves can be made from a variety of synthetic materials, and as they’re latex-free they’re a good option for people with sensitive skin. However, they do tend to have a looser fit than latex or nitrile gloves.

  • Vinyl gloves

Another latex-free material that is an alternative for people who suffer reactions is vinyl. At Care Shop, we offer soft vinyl gloves in powdered and non-powered varieties, with a variety of sizes available so you can find the perfect fit for everyone on your team.

 

Ordering disposable gloves online

At Care Shop, we provide a wide range of disposable gloves online, so you can order at a time that’s convenient to you. There’s free next day delivery on orders over £75, so your order will be with you before you know it.

As well as a wide range of disposable gloves, we also offer a variety of other medical PPE equipment, so you can find everything you need to keep your staff and patients safe. 

 

In any health and social care setting, disposable gloves are essential to protect both staff and patients from contamination, as well as  preventing infection from spreading . With various disposable gloves on the market, you may be wondering which to order, so to help you get started,...

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