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Fentanyl: Are Your Hands Properly Protected?

Fentanyl is so potent that even a trace amount – the  equivalent of a few grains of salt – can be lethal. In fact, it would only take 118 pounds of fentanyl to kill 25 million people. The fatal potential of even glancing contact with this drug is a major reason why national security experts are becoming alarmed at the prospect of it being used to someday sow terror.

Did You know? 50% of Opioid Overdose Deaths Tested Positive for Fentanyl

Fentanyl has emerged as the most dangerous of a group of drugs blamed for creating a U.S. public health crisis. American deaths linked to fentanyl grew more than 50 percent to 29,406 last year, from 19,413 in 2016 according to the National Institute in Drug Abuse. Relatively easy and inexpensive to manufacture, the drug is turning up more on the streets as dealers strive to meet still enormous demand for opioids in the U.S.

Fentanyl is ever-evolving as suppliers try to avoid detection and still boost the potency of the drug using what are called analogues, or chemical cousins. Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin, with which it is often mixed. In its strongest form, called carfentanil, it is used legally as an elephant tranquilizer and as a street drug it absolutely destroys anything else in terms of lethality and danger.

If ground-up fentanyl is placed in everyday objects, people could easily put their fingers in their mouths or rub their eyes and have a deadly reaction. Overdoses of the drug are hard to reverse with antidotes such as Narcan nasal spray.

Did You Know? For Every 1000 EMS Patient Encounters, Nearly 10 administrated Naloxone

Law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians and first responders have been warned to handle fentanyl with extreme caution; some have fallen seriously ill after getting it on their skin or clothing. For paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members who are first on the scene, we have fentanyl-resistant disposable gloves designed to  protect you!

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Single-Use Gloves Certified to Protect Against Fentanyl

BLACK-FIRE* Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves

Patented BLACK-FIRE Gloves are latex-free and at 5.5-mil thickness, they’re designed to handle the hazards many First Responders face – including exposure to bloodborne pathogens and dangerous drugs like fentanyl yet thin enough to feel veins or start an IV. Black-Fire Gloves are proven to:

  • Resist permeation of fentanyl for up to 240 minutes (tested according to ASTM D6978)
  • Exceeds ASTM and NFPA standards for critical defects, tensile strength, and puncture resistance
  • NFPA 1999 Certified to protect against blood borne pathogens
  • Meets NIOSH recommendations and guidelines for handling fentanyl

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Critical Response™ Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves

Critical Response Gloves are latex-free and at 5.9-mil thickness, they’re designed for emergency personnel work in high-stress environments. A highly visible orange color stands out in an emergency and enhances personal safety while increasing visibility in low light conditions. These gloves provide protection against bloodborne pathogens and dangerous drugs like fentanyl yet thin enough to feel veins or start an IV. Critical Response Gloves are proven to:

  • Resist permeation of fentanyl for up to 240 minutes (tested according to ASTM D6978-05)
  • Meet standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Exceed FDA testing requirements for pinhole deficiencies with an acceptable quality level (AQL) of 0.65
  • NFPA 1999 Certified to protect against blood borne pathogens

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VersaShield™ Extended Cuff Powder-Free Nitrile Exam Gloves

VersaShield Gloves are latex-free and at 6.7-mil thickness, they’re designed for emergency personnel exposed to chemo therapy drugs, harmful bacteria, blood-borne pathogens and for the treatment of overdose patients. A 12-inch extended cuff helps provide extra protection for your wrists and arms. VersaShield Gloves are proven to:

  • Resist permeation of fentanyl for up to 167 minutes (tested according to ASTM D6978-05)
  • Chemical tested to ASTM F739-12
  • Meet ASTM D6978-05 for providing protection against chemotherapy drugs

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When you get that call and it's time to race to the scene be sure to properly protect yourself and your staff with the proper hand protection!  Call MDS for samples today!

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