What do disposable gloves protect against?

by Hans Martin on December 04, 2022

Disposable gloves have been a key element in perfecting the art of PPE for decades and have increased in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are an affordable and accessible way to protect yourself and your patient from an abundance of pathogens and other contaminants that can lead to serious health issues. There are a number of different types of disposable gloves available on the market today, so you have full control over the style, color, material, and make of your PPE. In this article, we will explore exactly what disposable gloves protect against.

Infections

Disposable gloves will not prevent the spread of infection on their own. Instead, they provide a barrier between you and substances that can cause health complications. It is important to be diligent when it comes to changing your gloves between tasks and not touching your face, mouth, or eyes. Germs can still travel on the surface of the gloves themselves, so it’s important to avoid contact with the rest of your body so as not to contaminate your skin.

Cuts & Scrapes

If you are working with medical tools, it is important to protect your skin from cuts and scrapes. Even working with the most basic tools can pose a risk if you slip up or nick yourself on a piece of equipment. Cuts and scrapes open the body to infection, as they allow a pathway for germs to enter the body, which can lead to infection if not properly cared for. It is recommended to wear a colored disposable glove during these types of procedures, so you can easily see if there is a hole or break in your PPE.

Burns to The Skin

Burns can occur if you are working near hot machinery or chemicals that can cause harm to the skins outermost layer. While these materials may also disinigrate the latex material of your gloves, it will make the injury less severe, if any complications occur at all. Plus, you will have extra time to remove yourself from the danger by taking off the gloves and disposing of them, before washing your hards thoroughly. 

Fluids

Fluids are one of the #1 ways pathogens are spread from person to person. If you are handling samples of bodily fluids or cleaning patients, it is important to be fully protected. Not only will this help you from getting sick, but you will help keep your patient safe by preventing your germs from contaminating them, too. Be sure to use latex-free gloves to avoid any allergic reactions!

 

We hope this article helped you better understand the many ways in which disposable gloves can help protect you from injury, infection, and more. Be sure to explore our wide variety of disposable glove types available for delivery on our online store!

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