What type of High Risk Gloves are there?

 Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with a strain of Ebola virus.  Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids of a person already showing symptoms of Ebola. Ebola is not spread through the air, water, food, or mosquitoes. The virus being in a high-risk category, total body protection along with High Risk gloves would be essential in a working environment where it's prevalent.  

 Worse case scenario, a small percentage of us will see this type of environment!  On the other hand, it's nice to know that there's materials and products available to protect us from the unforeseen mishaps in life! Choosing a High Risk glove should be a no brainer, but several variables should be taken into consideration before your purchase.  Here are some of the most common materials used in High Risk Gloves that you might want to choose from.

  • Nitrile gloves are most popular in research laboratories and are now the overwhelming choice in Hospitals and Dental clinics due to latex allergy concerns. Made of synthetic rubber, containing no latex proteins, nitrile gloves offer resistance to may chemicals and provide a alternative for those who are allergic to latex. Ranging in mil thickness, one must determine and forecast what he or she will encounter in that particular setting. Thicker gloves give up some comfort and flexibility, thinner gloves provide more freedom and comfort but still keeping you safe.    
  • Latex gloves also range in thickness and provide superb dexterity. Thicker versions of latex gloves can be selected when heavy-duty protection is desired. Latex gloves are often preferred for procedures that require greater dexterity. Textured fingertips are also a nice option when it comes to those who need more finger gripping capability.
  • Vinyl gloves are an excellent all purpose alternative to Nitrile and Latex gloves. While economical and hypoallergenic, glove selection must be based on user's assessment of the workplace hazards! In general vinyl gloves are not typically used in high-risk environments.
  • Neoprene gloves are a close relative to the latex glove. Maintaining superior comfort and durability, Neoprene come's in both sterile and non-sterile styles. Neoprene gloves are great when it comes to protecting hands against chemicals such as acids, solvents and detergents.

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