Medline’s commitment to quality, safety and customer satisfaction continues to be the driving force behind the company. The company’s focus on safety is especially visible in the exam and surgical glove portfolios. Medline offers a wide array of gloves to combat both type I latex allergies and type IV allergies to chemical accelerators.
Concern over the complications from latex allergies is driving many healthcare facilities to eliminate latex products, particularly gloves, from their hospitals. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 18 per cent of healthcare workers may be allergic to latex compared to 1 to 6 per cent of the general population. Symptoms include watery or itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, hives, welts, rashes, itching and swelling. Severe reactions (anaphylactic shock) can cause breathing problems, chest tightness, swelling of the throat or tongue and even death. Although powder-free latex gloves can help avoid many of these complications, even low-protein powder-free latex gloves are not completely safe. The only way to truly eliminate latex-related risks is to avoid using latex entirely and switch to synthetics.
Of the 14 exam gloves Medline sells in Europe, only one of them is made from latex. And while about half of our surgical glove portfolio is still made from latex because many surgeons still prefer it, the company offers a wide array of latex-free options for every type of surgery. In addition to being latex free, Medline’s surgical gloves are also DPG- and thiuram-free; these are two types of accelerators commonly found in gloves. Medline gloves also don’t contain potentially harmful additives like CPC and Casein.