Surgical Gloves for the Protection of Medical Staff & Patients
Surgical gloves are sterile disposable gloves used when performing invasive procedures at hospital or in the surgery. Sterile gloves not only protect patients from infections, they also prevent 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 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 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. Sensitivity is ensured through both the material and the material thickness.The thinner the glove, the bette its tactile sensitivity. However, the glove must not be so thin that it tears quickly or leaks. Many gloves also offer a micro-textured surface to provide a secure grip even under damp conditions. In general, latex gloves offer the best tactile sensitivity, mechanical strength and wearing comfort. However, protective gloves used in 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 anatomical fit of the medical 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 & Disposable Latex and Non-Latex 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. We stock, for example, Peha-basic Latex surgical gloves from Paul Hartmann, which are suitable for chemicals and cytostatic drugs. Or the Gammex Latex Sensitive gloves from Ansell, which are textured and powder-free. Or alternatively, the Vasco OP Powdered surgical gloves from B.Braun, all in a practical dispenser box. Whether you are looking for natural rubber latex, neoprene, or polyisoprene or polychloroprene gloves - Praxisdienst has disposable gloves for every size and environment.