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Why Single-Use Gloves are Essential

Single-use hand protection

Single-use or disposable type gloves are beneficial when it comes to protecting the skin against chemicals, contamination, fluids or infection, in the healthcare profession as well as food handling, law enforcement and dentistry. Disposable gloves keep everyone safer because they minimize the spread of germs and bacteria.

Disposable gloves are worn practically everywhere nowadays. Latex-free styles such as nitrile and synthetic vinyl are the most popular styles. You see them in doctor's offices, restaurants, tattoo salons, hair salons, and anywhere else that workers need inexpensive hand protection at the ready. Single-use gloves might get dirty quickly, but they're very easy and cheap to replace. There's always a new pair waiting, and they don't need special laundering. For workers who need a tactile protective hand barrier but don't require a specialized protection such as cut resistance, disposable gloves are the best option.

Here Are Four Things That Make Disposable Hand Protection Indispensable:

1. Single-use gloves prevent cross-contamination or touch contamination

Cross-contamination is a daily risk for a number of workers. In the food processing and preparation industries especially, cross-contamination can spread bacteria such E.coli or Salmonella throughout very quickly. In a lab, it can destroy research and make specimen samples unusable. In the dental exam room, it prevents the spread of blood borne pathogens such as MRSA, HIV or Hepatitis C. Disposable gloves reduce contamination from occurring in both an inexpensive, effective manner and keep environments clean which ultimately elevates compliance.

Cross-contamination happens when you handle one substance or item and your gloves pick up and transfers its residue when touching something else. Disposable gloves let you change hand protection quickly and easily when moving from one material or action to the next. This ensures that everything from your food to your specimens stays clean of contaminates.

2. They prevent pathogens from spreading

Hospital, medical, dental, tattoo and veterinary office workers come into contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, salvia on a regular basis. Because of this, bacteria and viruses can spread fast — both among staff and the people and pets under the facilities' care. However, wearing and properly changing disposable gloves is an effective solution for keeping pathogens from transferring from one patient to another.

Properly removing disposable gloves adds another layer to their protection. Instead of just pulling them off and tossing them into the trash, leaving pathogens on the outside of gloves exposed, make sure you fold your gloves over onto themselves. By folding the dirty surfaces over, all of the harmful substances will stay contained within them and a clean surface is available when disposing. The most effective tool to cross contamination is knowing when to change out gloves. A new glove should be used anytime you need to leave the immediate work area or with every patient rotation.

3. They protect you from unknown hazards

Some workers have no idea what they might encounter from one day to the next. Such is the case with plant and wildlife professionals, forensics, labs, EMT's, mechanics and doctor's. In the field, a worker might make contact with fluids or substances such as fentanyl that are toxic or can cause a severe allergic reaction.

For this reason, disposable industrial and medical exam gloves provide professionals with a reliable layer of protection against the biohazards, molds, toxins, poisons and other dangerous substances that they might encounter. Because they're lightweight and comfortable, these types of gloves stand a better chance of being worn — allowing for a high level of PPE compliance.

4. They won't wear out

Their name says it all. Disposable gloves get tossed after one use — whether it's after a full shift or after coming into contact with one patient or specimen. Because they're not designed for wearing again and again, they don't have a chance to wear out under normal circumstances. Do your research before use. Harsh chemicals, animal fats and abrasive or sharp surfaces will degrade gloves fast. If you work is an industry where gloves get a workout, thicker materials or proper materials help them hold up through the shift or job application.

Of course, most disposable gloves are thin — even if they're made of a thicker grade material than the average pair. That makes them susceptible to damage or degradation. But unlike replacing a costly pair of protective gloves, disposable gloves aren't very expensive at all, and there's usually a ready supply of clean ones waiting.

For all of these reasons, healthcare situations, food handling, laboratories, certain outdoor settings, and many other applications, disposable gloves are indispensable. They're also very cost-effective, and they never need cleaning because a new pair is always handy. And, for people who have allergies, nitrile and vinyl gloves are completely latex-free.

Are you in the market for high-performing and reliable disposable gloves with the newest innovations?  We have a wide range of industrial, medical and food approved styles and brands including biodegredable styles for you to select from. And with options like latex (which has excellent elasticity and tactility) and nitrile (a great alternative to latex) chances are that MDS has what you need. Why don't you tap the link and ...

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