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Exam Gloves

Gloves by Department

Critical and Noncritical Care Units

Critcal and Noncritical Care Units

Units such as Intensive Care, Med-Surg, Radiology, Respiratory, and Physical Therapy perform procedures that do not generally place significant levels of stress on examination gloves. Facilities have greater flexibility in selecting an exam glove for these areas. Powder-free nitrile, powder-free latex, and second- or third-generation stretch vinyl gloves are all excellent choices.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Limited

Emergency Room

Emergency Room

Exam gloves selected for use in the Emergency Department should provide protection against bloodborne pathogens and be strong enough to withstand the rigors of the tasks performed. Nitrile and latex gloves are the recommended choices for high-stress activities. High-performance third-generation vinyl gloves can be used as a complement for routine patient care.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Durable gloves that can be used for all procedures

Labor and Delivery

Labor and Delivery

Labor and Delivery generally prefers to use latex-free gloves to avoid any potential latex allergy issues with newborns. Sterile gloves are encouraged for actual deliveries, which may require more invasive procedures. Medline offers both stretch vinyl and nitrile sterile glove options.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Latex-free
Sterile procedures

Laboratory

Laboratory

Laboratory clinicians have a variety of glove needs. Some technicians deal with harsh chemicals and require higher chemical resistance, while others have greater grip requirements and need a glove that will perform well in both wet and dry situations. All clinicians require comfortable, high-performing gloves. Those who deal with harsh chemicals should use nitrile gloves, but latex and third-generation high-performing vinyl gloves are appropriate for all other functions.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Strong chemical resistance
Greater grip requirements
Comfort
Tactile sensitivity
Durability

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomy

Phlebotomists need a glove with excellent tactile sensitivity that allows them to find a vein hidden beneath the skin.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Excellent tactile sensitivity

Pharmacy/Oncology

Pharmacy and Oncology

Clinicians who are preparing, compounding, handling, or administering harsh chemotherapy drugs in these departments should use chemotherapy-tested nitrile gloves.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Resistance to chemotherapy agents

Environmental Services

Environmental Services

Environmental Services employees may handle harsh chemical cleaning compounds and ideally should use nitrile gloves, which provide the most effective chemical resistance of all glove materials.

Special Requirements Recommended Glove Type
Strong chemical resistance

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