Working as a hospice nurse requires you to examine your patients. While you are examining them, you may come in contact with open sores on their skin, mucous from their mouth, urine, and much more fluid. To protect yourself as well as the patient, you need to always wear gloves. There are many different types you can choose from. To is some advice to determine what type of glove would work best for you.
Vinyl Medical Work Gloves
One type of medical work glove you will find is made of vinyl. They are made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and are generally less expensive than other types of medical gloves. If you are allergic to latex, there is no latex in vinyl gloves at all. These gloves feel soft, so they will be comfortable for you to wear. They are not as durable as vinyl, however, so you will have to be careful when using them. This is because your finger could break through the gloves much easier.
Latex Medical Work Gloves
Another type of medical work glove you will find is made of latex. These gloves are comfortable, and they are flexible and durable. This means your finger will not break through the glove easily even if you have long nails.
You can find latex medical gloves in small, medium, and large sizes. They may also come in different thicknesses, so make sure you ask about this or read descriptions carefully if you buy work gloves online.
Nitrile Medical Work Gloves
Nitrile medical work gloves are latex-free. They are very durable, and your finger or anything else will not puncture the glove. These gloves are also resistant to chemicals if you ever have to work with them for any reason. Nitrile medical gloves feel soft and comfortable on your hand, and they are tight enough but still allow you to easily move your fingers. As with the other gloves, you can find them in a variety of sizes.
Not Powdered or Powdered
Many of the medical work gloves that you find will be either have powder or will not be powdered. Powdered gloves are easier to put on. The type of powder used is made of cornstarch, so the powder will not irritate your skin.
Many medical professionals choose gloves that are not powdered, however. This is because the cornstarch materials can cause you to heal more slowly if you have any type of cut or abrasion. If you choose gloves that are not powdered, many of them have a type of inner coating making it easier for your hand to slide into the glove.
Talk with a company that sells medical work gloves if you have any questions about the different types available.