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The Science Behind Nitrile Exam Gloves

Nitrile, a synthetic rubber polymer, is a relatively new compound that is made up of acrylonitrile and butadiene. As a synthetic rubber, it has many different benefits in medical use, as well as for use in chemical laboratories, industrial processes, and in any type of hazardous waste clean up. There are several possible combinations of the polymers that make up nitrile that increase the various benefits of the material. However, almost all types of nitrile are very resistant to exposure to different materials such as alcohols, oils and combustible liquids.

Although most medical professionals think of nitrile as that thin, smooth material that makes up their nitrile exam gloves, other combinations of the synthetic rubber are used in a variety of industrial areas. Nitrile is the component that makes up transmission belts and most of the hoses used in vehicle motors and engines. Gaskets, oil seals, synthetic leather and even adhesives and paints often contain some form of nitrile. This combination of factors makes this a perfect choice for a wide variety of applications in the medical field as well as in industrial processes and items.

What makes the invention of nitrile so revolutionary for the medical and healthcare industry is that nitrile exam gloves,, unlike latex gloves, are not made up of the rubber proteins that cause allergic reactions. As a completely synthetic rubber, only few will have sensitive enough skin that will have any type of reaction to nitrile exam gloves. Even those with some reaction will typically see only a slight rash or discomfort that develops when wearing the nitrile exam gloves, even if worn for prolonged periods of time.

Another key factor to make nitrile exam gloves a perfect match for your needs is the additional feature that the unique polymer combination creates. This material is activated by heat to shrink slightly and shape to the surface when heat is present. The nitrile exam gloves, once on your hand, start to tighten just slightly, creating a very comfortable and close fit that is not binding or restrictive. There is no need for additional powder, since the material remains very soft and supple as long as heat is present. The correct size is important as the natural conformation that is heat activated is slight, but with the correct size that is all that is needed.

There is also the unique durability factor this glove provides that is not found in other types of surgical gloves. Although very thin and lightweight, nitrile exam gloves are actually three times as resistant to punctures and tears than latex gloves, providing a very secure outer protective layer for your hands in any type of high risk or patient treatment scenario. Since nitrile exam gloves are thin and very close to your hand, tears are very visible, allowing you to immediately remove the gloves, disinfect the area, and put on another pair. Other gloves that are thicker and less form fitting may hide small holes or ruptures, resulting in a greater risk of exposure.

MSEC remains dedicated to providing the very best and the very latest in medical supplies and equipment.  We never cease to be on the lookout for the latest innovation that will benefit both our many clients and the patients they dedicate their lives to caring for.  If you have any difficulty finding your choices in our vast inventory, call our customer service at 1-877-706-4480 to speed up your order or to make a special request.  We are always happy to help you.

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