Nitrile Gloves FAQs

Nitrile Gloves FAQs

Medicshield is one of the UK’s leading UK nitrile glove suppliers. Here we’ll answer some of the most common nitrile gloves FAQs to give you an overview of the importance of sourcing your nitrile gloves from a reputable manufacturer.

1. What are nitrile gloves?

It makes sense to start out nitrile gloves FAQs by explaining precisely what nitrile gloves are. Nitrile gloves are also known as surgical gloves or medical grade gloves. They are made from a synthetic material known as nitrile butadiene rubber.

Medicshield stocks a wide range of types of nitrile gloves, including powder free nitrile and vinyl. Equipment from Medicshield is tested independently at UK medical universities, as well as in the Netherlands too, so you can rest assured that you have been supplied with excellent quality, medical grade PPE.

2. What are the advantages of nitrile?

Nitrile allows fine motor hand work to take place thanks to its thin layer, while at the same time providing a barrier from infectious surfaces and substances. They are ideal for use in surgical or other medical settings. They are three times more resistant to puncture than latex gloves. When punctured, a nitrile glove will tear completely, making it obvious that the barrier has been breached and removing the risk of the wearer contracting an infection.

Nitrile gloves also have the advantage of having a markedly longer shelf-life than latex gloves, meaning you can buy them in larger quantities in the confidence that they won’t expire before use.

3. Who uses nitrile gloves?

Nitrile gloves, much like other kinds of PPE (personal protective equipment) including face masks, is predominantly in demand for use by medical professionals. This is because medical professionals need barriers between themselves and infected patients to minimise their own risk of contracting an infection.

While the medical industry is by far the largest consumer of nitrile gloves, it is not the only area where they are in demand. Nitrile gloves that are powder-free are also used be professionals who work with fragile, rare or valuable objects. The delicacy of the gloves means archives can be very carefully handled, minimising the risk of items being ruined by mishandling or by the skin’s natural oils.

Nitrile glove use has also become popular with members of the general public, although their use is only worthwhile in some public contexts.

4. What if I’m allergic to latex?

Nitrile gloves have the advantage of being latex free, so can be used by those with latex allergies.

5. Can you be allergic to nitrile?

Some people may be allergic to the chemical accelerators used in both natural and synthetic rubber glove manufacturing, including the manufacture of nitrile gloves. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to the chemical accelerators used in nitrile include anything from having inflamed, itchy skin to experiencing anaphylactic shock. Do not use nitrile gloves if you know you are allergic to any chemical accelerants used in rubber manufacturing.

6. Are nitrile gloves re-usable?

No, nitrile gloves are not re-usable. They must be disposed of properly after use to minimize any risk of transmitting infections.

We hope that you have found our Nitrile Gloves Faq’s useful.

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