As discussed before in a previous post, it goes without saying that Personal Protection Equipment or PPE is one of the most important tools in a doctor’s toolkit. It’s your everyday shield against any harmful germs or pathogens that may be roaming undetected. Coming up on what we all *hope* is the tail end of a pandemic, we have learned that we can’t afford to take any chances and it is essential that we educate ourselves on our options. Today, we’d like to tell you about another one of the greats, Halyard’s Sterling Nitrile Gloves. Halyard’s gloves exceed the requirements set for standard PPE through their comfort, versatility, and quality.
Halyard’s Sterling Nitrile Gloves
First and foremost, when you look at the cost of some medical equipment of this nature, you think, “I can find this cheaper somewhere else.” You’d be half right… you probably can find something cheaper…but we can assure you, it won’t be these. Latex and vinyl gloves are still widely used for general purpose equipment because, honestly, quality isn’t always a factor. Their level of protection can’t go against some of the heavier requirements needed beyond just general use and therefor can’t be used in nearly as many of the same extensive medical scenarios as nitrile. With Halyard’s Sterling Nitrile gloves, cost and quality go hand-in-hand.
We could just say the material is Nitrile and end this section here. But instead, let’s dive into what the material does that mean to you?
- Halyard’s Sterling Nitrile Gloves are waterproof. They’re recommended for low to medium exposure to chemicals and liquids, and you can even wear them under your regular work gloves to prevent permeation.
- Nitrile is 3-4 times more puncture-resistant than latex, Nitrile is the way to go if you need tough protection.
- And the non-sterile variant of these gloves are chemo drug resistant. These gloves are recommended to use against potent cancer drugs that normal gloves wouldn’t be able to handle on a good day. They’ve been tested against 29 chemotherapy drugs per the ASTM D6978-05. And of course, this means any standard chemicals found in work environments as well.
- Nitrile has also been proven as one of the longest lasting materials for shelf life. Under the right and proper conditions, your nitrile gloves can have a shelf life of possibly 5-10 years. Just keep them in the original packaging and stored in the proper room conditions.
Halyard’s Sterling Nitrile Gloves meet and/or exceed most standard requirements for competing gloves. This means that they are significantly less likely to have critical defects than exam gloves that just meet the ASTM 2.5 AQL requirement. Here are some other important points to note:
- They have an AQL (Acceptable Quality Level) of 1.0 for critical defects. Meets or exceeds ASTM D6319 – Standard Specification for Nitrile Examination Glove for Medical Applications
- Meets or exceeds biocompatible 10993 studies for systemic toxicity, irritation and sensitization endpoints
- Passes Viral Penetration Testing – ASTM F1671 – 07 Standard Test Method for Resistance of Materials Used in Protective Clothing to Penetration by Blood-Borne Pathogens Using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage Penetration as a Test System
With the variety of sizes Halyard has provided, you’ll definitely find a size to meet the needs of you whole team. These gloves can be purchased at 9.5-inch and 12-inch lengths for maximum coverage. They also range in sizes: extra-small (XS), small (S), medium (M), and large (L). And you can even buy them in bulk cases here.
Once you put them on, your Halyard Sterling Nitrile Gloves will essentially form fit to your hand using your own body heat. With their primary material being acrylonitrile butadiene, these gloves won’t cause any irritation or Type-1 allergic reaction that comes about from rubber or latex proteins. And these are powder-less gloves, so they’re both frictionless and irritation-free for a safe and easy removal. No tearing them apart just to get them off.
Halyard utilizes their SmartPULL packaging to ensure that there’s way less glove waste than other competitors. The SmartPULL packaging comes with two numbered opening tabs on the top. Start by only opening tab 1 to ensure you only get the amount of gloves you need at one time. As they run out and they become harder to dispense, simply pull out tab 2 for ease of access until the box is empty.
The versatility and quality of Nitrile gloves makes it an obvious go-to these days for gloves in most industries. If you have any further questions about how Halyard has gone the extra mile with quality of life improvements to an existing formula, check out our website or feel free to call customer service at 704-966-1650. Halyard’s Sterling Nitrile Exam Gloves are just another example of that. To purchase, click here.