Does the Glove Fit?

134164479If you have ever worn surgical gloves, you have probably wondered if you were wearing the right type of glove. Should you be wearing vinyl, latex, or maybe nitrile gloves? This decision should depend on how much protection you need for your activity. In order to make an informed decision, you need to understand the characteristics of each type of glove, which is why we’ve broken them down for you.

Vinyl Gloves

Vinyl gloves are one of the most cost-effective glove options and are especially popular for use in the food industry. These gloves are ideal for use in applications where extreme durability and protection are not required. Here are the primary benefits of vinyl gloves:

  • Static resistant
  • Latex free
  • Loose fit makes them comfortable and easy to put on your hand
  • Good for use with non-hazardous materials
  • Ideal for quick-and-easy tasks

Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are manufactured from natural rubber and commonly used in professions where enhanced protection is needed and hazardous materials are frequently handled. Because of their protective qualities, latex gloves are a favorite choice in the medical profession. When using latex, however, it must be considered that some people have latex allergies. That said, latex gloves offer many advantages:

  • Close fit conforms to your hand
  • High touch sensitivity
  • Extremely durable and ideal for long-term activities
  • Cost effective
  • Lightly powdered and easy to put on your hand
  • Enhanced elasticity
  • Biodegradable

Nitrile Gloves

Manufactured from synthetic rubber, nitrile gloves provide increased puncture resistance and are popular for use in medical professions, especially in situations where a latex allergy is present. In order to be used in medical institutions, nitrile gloves must undergo a variety of tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration to ensure that they meet durability requirements.

  • Superior puncture resistance
  • High touch sensitivity
  • Highly resistant to many chemicals
  • Close fit conforms to your hand
  • Ideal for high-risk applications, especially situations that may involve infectious or biohazardous material
  • Highly durable and ideal for long-term activities
  • Blue or black color makes it easy to see when glove is punctured

Choosing the right glove is an essential decision, especially in the medical field, when you could be dealing with patient’s allergies or biohazardous material. Next time you scrub in, make sure that you are wearing the right gloves for the job.

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Finding the Best Surgeon for Each Procedure

200020985-001Going “under the knife” can be scary, as there is always a risk for complications. To ensure the best chance of a smooth recovery, it’s a good idea to find the best surgeon you can for your upcoming procedure. This is especially important for heart procedures and cancer surgery.

Number of Procedures

While quantity doesn’t always equal quality, a surgeon who has performed an operation more frequently generally has a higher rate of success, statistically speaking. This is especially true for complicated procedures or ones that are relatively new. Since the number of procedures isn’t a foolproof criterion in and of itself, you can also ask your doctor how many of his or her procedures went awry relative to how many went smoothly. A good doctor should answer this question honestly and with confidence.

Surgical Excellence

A quality doctor should work in a facility that routinely strives for surgical excellence. Examples of surgical excellence include using proper techniques and knowing which medications to prescribe before and after a procedure. Naturally, if a surgeon or clinic has a history of lawsuits from unhappy patients, surgical excellence has not been met.

Board Certification

Even after a surgeon has undergone training, a good one will continue to renew his or her board certification. Doing so means that the surgeon actively keeps abreast of important changes in care and service.

Hospital Infection Rate

It’s possible to check many hospitals’ infection rates through Consumer Reports. Seventeen states currently make this information public, and other hospitals outside of these states sometimes volunteer the information.

Follow-up Care

A good surgeon will provide necessary follow-up care. This care may include a phone call the day after surgery, as well as scheduled appointments. Some even offer a call-in line for any post-op concerns. Additionally, with an increase in population, some facilities are beginning to require patients to check out of the hospital quite early after the procedure has been completed. For some procedures, it may be in your best interest to stay in the hospital overnight so nurses and other professionals can monitor your care. If a surgeon discharges patients too early, it could be a sign that his or her hospital or care facility is understaffed, underfunded or both. Either could potentially have an adverse effect on your recovery.

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