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Nitrile Vs. Latex Vs. Vinyl Gloves

All medical facilities at some point have to choose which disposable medical gloves to buy. Based on the materials that they are made from, there are three main types of disposable gloves. These are latex, nitrile, and vinyl gloves. Depending on the material, you get certain advantages and disadvantages using each of these. Here is a comparison of the three types of gloves.

Latex Gloves

These are gloves that are made from natural rubber. They have been in use for a long time and offer excellent protection from all types of hazards. However, they are not the best of the three and come with certain downsides. For example, many people suffer from latex allergies and so cannot wear these gloves. They are also hard to use in a medical setting as the doctor cannot touch the patient he or she is examining without checking if they are allergic to latex.

Vinyl Gloves

These are made of a plastic compound and offer a high degree of protection from contamination. They are good when working with material that poses a low contamination risk. This is because they are not as strong as the other three and are not durable either.

Nitrile Gloves

Made from a synthetic rubber material, nitrile medical gloves offer the highest level of protection when it comes to disposable gloves. The synthetic compound is highly resistant to punctures, which makes these gloves ideal when working with needles or scalpels. Nitrile gloves are also very sensitive to touch, which means that they are ideal when it comes to medical examinations that involve touch. Lastly, they contain no latex and so are safe to use with all health workers and their patients.

Which Is Better?

The answer to this question depends entirely on how you plan to use these medical gloves. For example, when working in high-risk environments, nitrile gloves are the best to use as they offer the highest degree of protection. Vinyl gloves are great for low-risk work as they offer a fairly adequate level of protection. Latex gloves are also good at protecting your staff but they come with the risk of allergies. 

The other thing to consider here is the quality of medical gloves that you are buying. Given the importance of these medical resources, you can not afford to get low-quality rubber gloves. This is why it is important to buy your medical rubber gloves from established medical supplies providers.


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