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Colloidal Oatmeal and Its Use in Gloves

Oat grains that are ground, crushed or rolled are called oatmeal. Oats are known to be a good source of fiber and protein, and help to lower cholesterol. Furthermore, the benefits of oatmeal extend far beyond simply the food and diet realm. In fact, oatmeal has a number of biologically active properties that can be beneficial in skin care.1

Posted date 26-06-2017

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Ancient Secrets of Colloidal Oatmeal

As early as 2000BC, oat grains were being grown and used in Ancient Egypt. However it was not until the Bronze Age (2000BC – 700BC) that mass cultivation of oats began. There is also evidence for the use of oats in Roman times, as literature from that period mentions its use for medical ailments.

Posted date 10-10-2016

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Should Disposable Gloves be Re-Used?

Gloves are personal protective equipment that provide barrier protection for hands against various hazards.1 However, wearing gloves does not assure complete safety against contamination of hands. This is because any damage to gloves prior to or during usage will impair the basic barrier protective function of gloves.2

Posted date 12-08-2016

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Nitrile Gloves and Its Benefits

Nitrile is a synthetic rubber – chemically termed as nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) – and formed from a blend of organic compounds known as acrylonitrile and butadiene. It is an unsaturated thermoset elastomer, which upon addition of suitable ingredients, has various applications in different fields such as automotive, aeronautical and other industries1.

Posted date 12-03-2016

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Choose Powder Free Over Powdered Gloves

The use of dusting powders during glove manufacturing is a common practice undertaken for the purpose of glove lubrication. Dry lubricants like cornstarch, silicone, etc. facilitate easy donning of gloves and prevent gloves from sticking together.1

Posted date 09-02-2016

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Natural Rubber Latex and Its Use in Gloves

Natural rubber latex (NRL) is a milky, fluid, plant product used in the manufacturing of several latex products.1 It is a widely used and cost effective material which does not pose health risks for the majority of the population.2

Posted date 13-01-2016

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Nitrile Gloves – Best Against Industrial Oils & Fats

Protection from contact with hazardous materials is essential for safeguarding the health of personnel, and environmental safety. Glove use is a simple but important aspect of personal protective equipment to safeguard hands against occupational hazards.

Posted date 07-12-2015

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Benefits of Lipids (Oat Oil) in Colloidal Oatmeal

In normal skin conditions, the superficial epidermal layer of the skin behaves as a two-sided barrier. It prevents the penetration of harmful agents into the skin, and also prevents water evaporation in the reverse direction.

Posted date 17-11-2015

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Why Dermatologists Trust Colloidal Oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal has a long history of beneficial use in dermatology. As a natural product that has an excellent safety record, it has demonstrated efficacy for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, drug-induced rash and other conditions.

Posted date 12-10-2015

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Winner of the GloveOn Contest Announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of our GloveOn website contest is Brianna Coulter! Congratulations, Brianna! Brianna has won a brand new iPad Air 2 for telling us why she thinks GloveOn is the better choice:

Posted date 21-09-2015

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7 Active Ingredients in COATS

COATS is an acronym for the term “Colloidal Oatmeal Active Therapeutic System”.1 The patented process formulates colloidal oatmeal as virtually water soluble powder, making it easily usable in powder-free gloves.2

Posted date 09-09-2015

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Gloves as Part of PPE

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA defines personal protective equipment (PPE) as “specialized clothing or equipment, worn by an employee for protection against infectious materials.”1

Posted date 14-08-2015

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Glove Usage Fundamentals

Gloves are equipment that protect the hands of wearer from various hazards, depending on the glove type selected.1

Posted date 10-07-2015

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Basics of Hand Hygiene in Healthcare

Hand hygiene is one of the most important factors in preventing the spread of infection. In order to disrupt the transmission of microorganisms to patients, healthcare providers should practice hand hygiene at key junctures.

Posted date 29-06-2015

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Risks of Using Powdered Gloves

Surgical gloves were introduced in the year 1889 for use in the operating theater. At this time, the primary purpose of using gloves in an operating theater was to protect the operator from powerful antiseptic agents. However, it was soon adopted as a two-way barrier to also protect the patients. In order to facilitate glove […]

Posted date 15-05-2015

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Clinicians called to improve hygiene standards

Infection experts* are warning clinicians that hygiene standards in hospitals need to improve, in order to reduce the incidence of golden staph infections.

Posted date 13-04-2015

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Gloves

Gloves are an important tool in protecting individuals from harmful substances, and ensuring their safety when working in risky environments. Skin can be damaged easily by toxic chemicals, friction or extreme heat, while skin contamination can lead to severe infection in the absence of any protective material.

Posted date 10-03-2015

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Acceptance Quality Level – An Overview

Gloves form an inherent component of a health care workers’ preventive, precautionary measures. As a vital protective barrier, it is crucial that users choose gloves that offer adequate protection and subsequent user confidence for performance of risky tasks1.

Posted date 13-02-2015

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Understanding Latex Allergy

Latex allergy has been categorized as a serious concern among the health care workers. The biggest risk for developing and aggravating a latex allergy comes from powdered rubber latex gloves, used often in the medical setting. As latex allergy can be fatal, it is a major concern for healthcare professionals. Environmental sampling studies confirm that […]

Posted date 09-01-2015

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World Health Organization Rapid Advice Guideline

Below are glove guidelines extracted from World Health Organization Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the context of Filovirus Disease Outbreak Response dated October 2014

Posted date 31-12-2014

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MUN Supports Safe Child Birth with BFKA Sponsorship

SYDNEY, November 8, 2014 – In support of promoting clean and safe birthing environments for women

Posted date 31-12-2014

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Malaysia sends medical gloves to five African nations affected by Ebola

The Malaysian Government will send 20.9 million medical rubber gloves to five African nations that are affected by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak.

Malaysia will send 11 containers, each holding 1.9 million medical rubber gloves.

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will each receive three containers; Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo will each receive one container.

Posted date 14-10-2014

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A New Generation of Latex Gloves

More than 40,000 types of commercial products are made from natural rubber latex (NRL), an extract of the Pará rubber tree. Valued for its desirable properties, NRL is used in numerous products in the medical industry and elsewhere, including latex gloves. However, out of more than 200 proteins contained within NRL, 13 are known to be allergens.

Posted date 14-10-2014

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Nine Myths About Disposable Safety Gloves

Disposable nitrile, natural latex, and vinyl gloves, often referred to as thin-mil gloves, are used in a variety of distinct applications. Understanding the truths about glove performance is important in selecting the right glove for each application.

Posted date 10-10-2014

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Are There Hidden Dangers in Food Prepared with Latex Gloves?

If you have a latex allergy, you could be in danger of having an allergic reaction at your local family restaurant. Recent studies have found that latex gloves worn during food preparation can shed latex proteins into the food in amounts large enough to cause reactions.

The studies were a result of multiple reports from latex-allergic individuals who claimed that they had experienced allergic reactions from eating food at restaurants that used latex gloves. One study done at the Guthrie Research Institute found that fingerprints of latex proteins were detectable on cheese and lettuce that were handled with latex gloves.

Posted date 05-09-2014

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Frequently asked questions on Ebola virus disease

1. What is Ebola virus disease?Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a death rate of up to 90%. The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Posted date 14-08-2014

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How to Choose the Right Medical Gloves

Like any healthcare professional, those working in small medical offices know that protection against blood and other bodily fluids is essential for preventing disease and the transmission of illnesses. Medical gloves are one of the first lines of defense.

In general, medical gloves are made of polymers like latex, nitrile rubber, vinyl, neoprene and polyisoprene. Each material has its own strengths and benefits and is best suited for specific types of work. Before you place an order, it’s important to know which type of glove will best meet your needs.

Posted date 14-08-2014

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Gloves Related Information

Gloves can protect both patients and healthcare workers from exposure to infectious agents that may be carried on hands (Duckro et al 2005). As part of standard precautions, they are used to prevent contamination of healthcare workers’ hands when (Siegel et al 2007):

Posted date 05-08-2014

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Glove use

Q. Can staff wear gloves instead of cleaning their hands?A. No. Gloves are not a substitute for handwashing or hand disinfection. Glove usage should be appropriate for the task in hand and removed at the end of the task for which they were worn.

Posted date 05-08-2014

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THE FIRST GLOBAL PATIENT SAFETY CHALLENGE Clean Care is Safer Care

Evidence and different considerations on glove use
It is widely recommended that health-care workers (HCWs) wear gloves for two main reasons: (i) to prevent microorganisms which may be infecting, commensally carried, or transiently present on HCWs’ hands from being transmitted to patients and from one patient to another; (ii) to reduce the risk of HCWs themselves acquiring infections from patients.

Posted date 05-08-2014

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Torn Surgical Gloves Put Patients at Risk for Infection

TUESDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) — Holes in surgical gloves increase the risk of surgical site infection among patients who aren’t given antibiotics before their surgery, Swiss researchers say.

In procedures lasting more than two hours, the rate of glove perforations ranges from 8 percent to 50 percent, according to a study published in the June issue of the Archives of Surgery.

Posted date 05-08-2014

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Glove Selection Guide

Summary: Use this checklist to choose the appropriate type of protective glove for your job. The Glove Selection Chart also provides advantages and disadvantages for specific glove types. This guidance was prepared for laboratory researchers but may also be helpful for other people working with hazardous materials.

Posted date 05-08-2014

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ADA Infection Control Guidelines

This second edition of the ADA Guidelines for Infection Control incorporates a number of changes that have arisen since the publication of the first edition in 2008, including the release in October 2010 of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare . It is the intention of the Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) that these infection control guidelines will be updated every three years to ensure that they remain aligned to the evidence base of infection control.

Posted date 05-08-2014

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