Disposable gloves are an indispensable item in any healthcare or medical environment. However, what you might not have realized is that not all disposable gloves are the same. We’ll explore what makes nitrile gloves different from latex gloves.
What are the Advantages of Nitrile Gloves？
The nitrile gloves provide various advantages such as being more resistant than natural rubber to chemicals, oils, and acids, and have superior strength. According to the University of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Health and Radiation Safety unit, nitrile is a synthetic rubber that serves as a very good material for general-purpose gloves because of its elasticity and chemical resistance. These properties also make disposable nitrile gloves the most common gloves for handling laboratory chemicals and surgical procedures. Moreover, the rise in the prevalence of latex allergies among healthcare workers has led to an increase in the demand for nitrile gloves, and hence the nitrile gloves are increasingly being used as a replacement for latex gloves around the world.
Nitrile gloves offer many advantages over latex gloves that include:
· Provide superior barrier protection against chemicals & petroleum-based products
· Superior puncture resistance
· High level of touch sensitivity
· Mimics the fit and feel of latex gloves
· Best for high-risk situations around infectious materials
· Latex-free, protein-free, and allergy-free
· Great fit molding to hand
· Long lasting durability and flexible
· Lightweight and breathable material, easy to use
· Available in powdered and powder-free
· Can be worn for longer periods of time
Comparative analysis-material properties
l Latex is a natural material, taken from the rubber tree sap, natural latex is a biosynthetic product, due to the different tree species, geology, climate and other related conditions, its composition and structure are often greatly different, the raw material stability is poor;
l Latex raw materials contain protein components, which are easy to cause allergic reactions in some people, especially in European and American groups.
l Nitrile is an artificial rubber, mainly synthesized by acrylonitrile and butadiene. Through the design of the synthesis process and reasonable process control, the stability of raw materials can be maintained at a high level;
l The main component contains no protein components and does not cause allergic reactions with high universality
Comparative analysis-properties of chemicals resistant
Nitrile gloves have excellent barrier characteristics, excellent barrier ability for acid-alkali and other organic chemicals, in addition, nitrile gloves also have a strong chemical degradation resistance, so that the basic structure of gloves is not damaged in various application environments. In this regard, nitrile gloves have a huge advantage over latex gloves.