cians have worn the same gloves for many years and simply are not familiar with new advancements in glove coatings, infection prevention performance, fit and feel,” Karas said. “Ensuring that healthcare providers are using the right glove for the right reason is crucial for infection prevention.” Nonetheless, for the few holdouts, a Cardinal Health infographic illustrating why making the switch is important also suggests change can be hard. “When a surgeon gets used to wearing a glove, and they like the way the glove performs (fit, feel and grip), they may not want to change to something new,” Karas said. “If they haven’t personally experienced a reaction to powder, they may know about the potential risks, but not be too concerned person- ally. After clinicians become educated about powder and the potential risks, and have a chance to experience and try powder-free alternatives, making the change usually isn’t difficult. “Powder-free glove manufacturing technology creates more versatility to im- prove performance, such as the ability to meet specific surgical needs with stronger thickness and grip,” he continued. “In addition, modern double-gloving with a colored underglove helps clinicians quickly

identify a sharps breach and minimize exposure time. Cardi- nal Health offers two blue un- dergloves specifically designed for double-gloving, so using a powdered glove on top is no longer needed.” Judith Seltzer, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, Clinical Director, National Ac- counts, U.S. Surgical Division, Mölnlycke Health Care, suggests the ban isn’t likely to impact very many facilities as most have already stopped using powder. “The pow- dered glove segment has been declining at a rate of 15 percent year over year while powder-free synthetic surgical gloves are continuing to grow at a rate of 12 percent year over year,”5

Seltzer said. “In Double-gloving with Protexis

Powder-Free Surgical Gloves by Cardinal Health

today’s healthcare arena, hospi- tals are incentivized to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Surgical site infections are the cause of nearly one-third of all HAI infections.6 Maintaining powdered gloves contributes to an increased risk of surgical site infections for patients.”

Stellar performance, protection and com- fort are equally important in a powder-free glove and Seltzer says Mölnlycke’s Biogel glove, the first to feature a polymer coat- ing with hydrophilic properties, delivers on all three. “Every glove is air-inflation tested for quality and safety, leading to

Mölnlycke Healthcare’s Biogel glove

a reduced chance of a hole with an industry-leading AQL level of 0.65 compared to the FDA requirement of 1.5,” she said. “Biogel is a pioneer in developing barrier protection innovations, including double gloving systems that enable

an extra layer of protection. In 1993, Biogel introduced a groundbreaking puncture indication system to the double gloving offer, which features a clear, fast and large colored puncture indicator when the outer glove is punctured.”

tected as much as 90 percent of the time during surgical procedures.7

Seltzer says puncture wounds go unde- “Biogel Indica-

tor Undergloves are engineered to provide the optimum level of contrast with Biogel Overgloves. If the top glove is punctured, fluid penetrates between the two gloves, and a dark patch alerts the wearer to the punc- ture,” she explained. “This visual indication is even faster with our new thinner glove additions to the product line, Biogel PI Micro and Biogel PI Micro Indicator Underglove.” Halyard Health also supports the ban on powder and offers powder-free nitrile exam gloves which are designed with the

Page 27

Vendor Listings Page 24 Product Spotlights Page 26



Quality Disinfection Care Protection

Product # 100909585

Fresh Clean Scent


Cleans, Disinfects & Deodorizes in 1 Step

Kills C. diff spores fast - 4 minutes

EPA Registered



Patient Rooms

Waiting Rooms


Infection Control

Central Supply


Operating Rooms







Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64