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Disposable Gloves

Choosing the right glove
Health care workers may develop allergic reactions as a result of their exposure to latex gloves and other products containing natural rubber latex. Patients may also have latex sensitivity.
General precautions
Take the following steps to protect yourself and your patients from allergic reactions to latex.
Use nonlatex (for example vinyl gloves or nitrile gloves) for actives that aren't likely to involve contact with infectious materials (food preparation, routine cleaning, and so forth). Use appropriate barrier protection when handling infectious materials. If you choose latex gloves, use powder-free gloves with reduces protein content. The powder can aerosolize and elicit a reaction in a sensitive patient from breathing in the airborne protein particles. After wearing and removing gloves, wash your hands with soap and dry them thoroughly. When wearing latex gloves, don't use oil-based hand creams or lotions (which cause gloves to deteriorate) unless they've been shown to maintain glove barrier protection.SaveSaveSaveSave

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