A disposable glove is commonly made from natural or synthetic rubber that covers the whole hand and is used to protect the wearer against harmful environmental influences and/ or used by caregivers in health care to protect themselves and patients from infections.
What gloves do hospitals use?
The two main types of disposable medical gloves are exam and surgical – each with a particular function. Medical gloves are further designated by their material – nitrile, latex and vinyl.
Which is better nitrile or latex gloves?
In general, latex gloves offer the best protection against bacteria and viruses, while synthetic gloves provide better chemical protection. Of the different types of latex-free gloves, nitrile gloves offer a higher degree of protection against viruses, besides the chemical protection they provide.
Are latex gloves bad for you?
Workers exposed to latex gloves and other products containing natural rubber latex may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eye, or sinus symptoms; asthma; and (rarely) shock