Surgical Gloves for the Protection of Medical Staff & Patients
Surgical gloves are sterile disposable gloves used when performing invasive procedures in the hospital or surgery. Medical gloves not only protect patients from infections, they also prevent the surgeons from coming into direct contact with blood and other potentially contagious body fluids.
Depending on the model, surgical gloves either belong to hygienic protective wear, or to the personal protective equipment. As a result, they need to comply with a range of standards. Surgical gloves are considered a medical product, so they not only have to comply with the medical device directive 93/42/EEC, but also with EN 455. The DIN EN 455 is divided into four sections, which regulate the impermeability, physical characteristics, biocompatibility and durability of the disposable gloves. According to EN455, for example, both non-sterile examination gloves and sterile surgical gloves need an AQL of min. 1.5.
The Importance of good Touch Sensitivity & Optimal Comfort
Sterile single-use gloves that are used in the operating theatre need to support the surgeon during every procedure. As a result, their tactile sensitivity is especially important. This sensitivity is ensured through both the material and the material thickness.
The thinner the glove, the better is its touch sensitivity. Many gloves also offer a micro-textured surface to provide a secure grip even under wet circumstances. In general, latex gloves offer the best tactile sensitivity, mechanical strength and wearing comfort. However, protective gloves used in the surgery should be powder-free to prevent an increased allergy risk. For this reason, the protein content of surgical latex gloves is limited to max. 30 µg.
The fit of the gloves has been optimised to provide the best wearing comfort even during longer invasive procedures. This effectively prevents hand fatigue.
Double Gloving with Surgical Gloves
In the operating theatre, medical staff often make use of double gloving, i.e. wearing two pairs of gloves on top of each other. This is often done to protect the surgical team, especially during operations where the mechanical stress might cause premature wear of the operating gloves, or in procedures on patients who suffer from infectious diseases like HIV. Should the outer glove be damaged, the user is still protected by the second glove, and the outer layer can be replaced. To facilitate the practice of double gloving, such gloves are generally equipped with a special inner coating of e.g. copolymer.
Sterile and Disposable Gloves at Affordable Prices
In the Surgical Gloves category, we offer a large assortment of affordable high-quality disposable latex and latex-free surgical gloves in different sizes. With us, you will find the Peha-basic Latex surgical gloves from Paul Hartmann, the Gammex Latex Sensitive or the Vasco OP Protect surgical gloves with or without powder from B.Braun. Whether natural rubber latex, neoprene, polyisoprene or polychloroprene - Praxisdienst offers the suitable sterile disposable gloves for every size and environment.
Of course, our Examination Gloves category also offers regular latex and latex free gloves, nitrile gloves, vinyl gloves and other non-sterile consumables. If you have any questions regarding our sterile powder free latex gloves or the prevention of cross-contamination, just contact us. We are gladly available via telephone, online request or live chat.