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The Essential KRUUSE Veterinary Glove Handbook The purpose of making this veterinary glove handbook is to provide veterinarians, vet nurses and animal health workers with an overview of all the gloves available and what one should bear in mind when choosing a glove. When you are choosing a glove, the key reasons are: The first and best line of defense against infections is intact skin. Medical grade gloves if used appropriately will provide veterinarians, vet nurses and their patients with additional protection against blood-borne pathogens and other infectious diseases. • Protection • Fit & Comfort • Economy All KRUTEX gloves are made to maximum standards to reduce the risk of the proteins from the latex coming into contact with your skin. Our gloves undergo various hot water leaching processes to reduce the protein content and our premium glove, the Vet-Gel glove is also coated with a polymer, which helps in binding the proteins in the latex. Glove Dictionary: In this hand-book we have listed various properties of our gloves. Below please find an explanation of the importance of these: 1. Free of Thiurams and Thiazoles Thiurams and thiazoles are commonly added into manufacturing of a synthetic and/or natural latex glove, it is acting as accelerator to accelerate sulphur vulcanization process. These can cause allergic reactions, so it is important your latex gloves are free of these. 2. Modulus, non fatigue Is the amount of pressure that the stretched material exerts on the hand, referring at different times to the force required to reach a certain elongation, the amount of force required to move the hand in the glove, or in “short, how stiff the material is”. The lower the rate the more elastic and better the glove is. 3. Hot water leached It is commonly used in the manufacturing of gloves to reduce protein content of a Natural Rubber Latex product and extracting excessive chemical residue. The more pre- and post-leaching processes incorporated in the manufacturing line, the better the glove is. 4. Elasticity The ability of a material to spring back to its original size, shape and position after being stretched, flexed or squeezed. A related quality is “memory” which describes “recovery”, or how often or quickly glove film will return to its original shape and adapt to the wearer´s hand. 5. Elongation Arguably a facet of elasticity, this is the measure of how far a glove can stretch before it breaks; this limit is quantified as the percentage of its length that the material can be stretched without breaking. For example, an elongation limit of 600% means that a given material can be stretched to six times its original size without breaking. 6. Tensile strength This is a measure of the force required to break the glove, described in Newton. Tensile strength is central to durability of a glove and related to abrasion, tears and punctures. 8. Polymer coated gloves This system uses pre-dip and post-dip processes also eliminating the need for powder during manufacture. The post-dip acts as a damp-hand donning lubricant. The outside layer prevents the glove from sticking to one another, adds to a silky and moth grip. The coating reduces immigration of natural rubber latex proteins. 9. Powders Used to “detackify” gloves, powders are not usually allergens in themselves, but they bind with the latex proteins that sometimes cause allergy. Powder shed from gloves, causing the proteins to be inhaled and come into contact with tissue other than that on the hand. Also on non-latex and latex gloves powder can cause irritation or dry skin, again a situation often confused with an allergic reaction. Keep in mind that disinfectants, soaps, and insufficient hand rinsing can cause skin irritations that may be blamed on gloves. 10. Allergens content Latex proteins are the most notorious allergen in healthcare, but not the only one glove wearers need to consider. Curing agents and other residual chemicals used in the glove making process may cause reactions in individuals, though these inc