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Laurie Clark, BS, MT, (ASCP), Senior Manager, Medical Sciences and Clinical Education, Halyard Health.


“This patented process affords Halyard gloves increased


tensile strength and a reduction in glove thickness, resulting in added comfort while providing pro- tection from exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious materi- als,”8


PURPLE NITRILE Exam Glove by Halyard Health


Clark said. “In a highly competitive market such as exam gloves, quality can be a signifi cant point of differentiation. In order to deliver the highest quality possible, Halyard owns its own manufac- turing facility in Thailand and requires


the AQL specifi cations for all of its exam gloves to exceed ASTM standards. Moreover, by offering a portfolio of powder-free nitrile exam gloves at easy-to-understand graduated levels of protection, Halyard makes it easy to choose the right glove for the right task.”


Ansell’s glove portfolio, which includes two new nicely priced styles — the ENCORE Perry Style 42 PF and ENCORE Sensi- Touch PF — also provides a number of unique features. “Our curved anatomical formers create a glove with a more natural fi t, decreasing the probability of hand fatigue,” said Pam Werner, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR, Clinical Consultant, Medical Solutions Global Business Unit, Ansell. “Grip choices allow for secure grip and our Surefi t Technology, a cuff enhancement feature to pre- vent cuff roll down during a procedure, helps prevent unintentional contamina- tion at the sterile fi eld. Our Derma Shield inner polymer coating enhances damp- hand donning. “Rigorous testing to meet quality stan- dards, from both a regulatory and manu- facturer perspective, as well as internal testing and control measures, help assure the end user that the glove is providing superior barrier protection,” continued Werner. Ansell also introduced its SMART Pack packaging technology, a customizable dispenser that gives users easy access to gloves with two opening choices and easier product identifi cation. It uses 45 percent less shelf space and reduces packaging waste and CO2


emissions.


“The bottom line is that end users want to be protected from blood and blood borne pathogens while still being able to func- tion effectively in the healthcare environment,” Werner said. HPN


References


1. Tomas, E., Sunkesula, V., et al, “An intervention to reduce health care personnel hand contamina- tion during care of patients with Clostridium diffi cile infection,” American Journal of Infection Control, Vol. 43, issue 12. http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(15)00768-3/abstract?cc=y=.


2. New “Do’s and Don’ts” of procedure masks and N95 respirators fl iers, APIC, November, 10, 2013. http://www.apic.org/For-Media/Announcements/Article?id=93e57b8e-8405-4c7e-ab10- c61099a51402.


3. TIDIShield EyeSplash Zero Process Improvement Program, http://go.www.tidiproducts.com/ tidi-eyesplash-zero-soft-cost-calculator.


4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, “Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” http://www.fda.gov/ucm/groups/fdagov- public/@fdagov-meddev-gen/documents/document/ucm452804.pdf.


5. GHX Q12016 Surgical Glove Market Data.


6. CDC Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Event. Procedure-associated Module SSI. January 2014. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/pdfs/pscmanual/9pscssicurrent.pdf.


7. Timler D, Kusinski M, Iltchev P, et al. “Glove failure in elective thyroid surgery. A prospective randomized study.” International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health.


8. Kimberly-Clark Health Care Press Release. “Kimberly-Clark Granted U.S. Patents for Nitrile Exam Glove Technology.” April 26, 2013.


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