Blog/Glove Knowledgebase — Medical Gloves

What is the Difference Between Sterile and Clean Gloves

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

What is the Difference Between Sterile and Clean Gloves

Often times we use sterile and clean as synonyms, which works in almost any context except for when it comes to gloves. In the medical and pharmaceutical industries, the terms “sterile” and “clean” hold very distinct meanings. A clean glove is one that doesn’t have marks, stains, or dirt and debris present. Clean gloves can be used in certain medical scenarios where patients are not at a high risk of infection. Clean gloves typically come packaged in bulk, as in a large box where you pull out gloves as you need them. A sterile glove goes a step further than clean, in that...

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Disposable Glove Storage and Preventing Degradation

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

Believe it or not, properly storing your disposable gloves is a very important procedure to perfect. Not only will it help to save you money in the long run, but it can protect you from other dangers as well.  The recommendation is that disposable gloves are stored in a cool and dry environment anywhere between 50- and 72-degrees Fahrenheit to maintain optimal glove conditions. Most manufacturers offer a glove shelf life which should be followed, however if you can’t find the manufacturer recommendation, a good rule of thumb is no longer than five years. If large quantities of gloves are stored...

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As Our Economy Reopens, Glove Shortages and Pricing will Continue to Increase

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

Over the past few months we’ve all had to adjust to a “new normal” in the wake of COVID-19. Restaurants, food service industries, and medical professionals are being hit particularly hard as they will continue to need personal protective equipment, like disposable gloves. The problem is, prices for these necessary items are increasing, and shortages are becoming quite widespread. It’s a classic supply and demand scenario, shortages keep popping up, causing prices to increase rapidly. The reason we’ve reached this level of shortage is because the countries where the majority of the world’s disposable gloves are manufactured, like Malaysia and China, were...

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COVID-19 Will Continue to Drive High Demand for Disposable Gloves

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

In recent months, the demand for disposable gloves has sky-rocketed as virtually all industries have been purchasing these to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Not only have businesses been scooping these up, but individuals as well, so the consumer base has widened very quickly, and the supply has had difficulty matching the demand. The rise in demand has truly been unprecedented. Studies show, that by April, the demand for disposable gloves had jumped 670%! Over 80% of disposable gloves are manufactured and produced in Asia, and with most of that region on lockdown due to COVID-19, supply truly has not...

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COVID-19 Impact on Disposable Gloves and Strategies to Optimize Supply

Posted by Melanie Predolich on

t’s no surprise that in recent weeks every industry and every person has been impacted in some way by COVID-19. If you are in the health and medical industry, you’ve likely experienced difficulty with keeping supplies, like disposable gloves, replenished and in stock. We’ve rounded up some helpful tips and strategies to help you make the most of your disposable glove supply while navigate this strange time.  Reserve sterile gloves for necessary surgical and sterile procedures only. Consider using disposable gloves past their designated shelf-life (typically provided by the glove manufacturer) in situations where you’re not exposed to pathogens, like training....

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