Caregivers, All you need is Glove
Is the glove you take equal to the love you make? Or as John Lennon would misquote it, is the glove you give equal to the love you get? Either way, when it comes to caregiving, one of the best ways to show how much you love your aging/disabled/sick relative is to use the proper type of glove. In other words, using the right glove means never having to say you’re sorry. On the other hand, the wrong kind of glove can lead to undesired instances of contamination and infection. You know, the sort of horror story that H.P. Glovecraft would write.
There are three main types of exam/medical/rubber gloves:
- Nitrile gloves: are the choice of not only caregivers but also tattooers, EMT’s, CSI’ers, doctors, nurses, and so on and so forth. This preference is due to the fact that nitrile provides better puncture-resistance than latex, which comes in very handy for caregivers who need to administer injectable drugs – insulin, to name but one example. Additionally, nitrile gloves are natural rubber latex-free, and as such do not cause skin reactions. As we know, many caregivers take care of aging patients who have incontinence problems; the last thing these patients need is an allergic response to add up to the skin irritation that they may already be experienced as a result of exposure to urine and feces. By the same token, nitrile gloves not only constitute a barrier between the care receiver’s waste and the caregiver’s skin, but also protect their hands from latex-related rash and other associated complications. This just may be the greatest glove of all.
- Latex gloves: are still an option for people who are not allergic to that material. Latex is very resistant to toxic chemicals and infectious fluids, and is ideal to prevent cross-contamination. In addition, latex gloves usually feature improved tactile sensation and dexterity, though technological advances have helped nitrile bridge the gap between both fabrics. As a popular prophylactic material, latex is very often associated with sex, but as we have learned here, it can also be used for the act of glovemaking. It would be all sex, glove, and rock ‘n’ roll, except for the potential allergic reactions that make latex give glove a bad name.
- Vinyl gloves: These are cheap and comfortable, and latex-free as well. However, and though they may be used for general patient care, they are not as resistant to tears and punctures, and thus not as widely used in the medical field as their nitrile and latex counterparts. So is vinyl a glove it or leave it deal? In fact you may have a glove/hate relationship with it, but keep in mind that caregiving is a labor of glove, and what’s best for the care receiver is as important as what’s best for you.
Regardless of the material you choose, there are many other features, styles, and characteristics for each pair of gloves available. For example, some are powdered with corn starch – the powder of glove, so to speak – while others are powder-free; there are sterile and non-sterile models; and ambidextrous gloves that can be worn on either hand. Some caregivers have to try several different types before they find the glove of a lifetime; for others, it’s glove at first sight. One thing’s for sure, and it’s that Discount Medical Supplies has it for you. Who gloves ya, baby?