We rely on our hands daily which is why it’s crucial to select the best hand protection for your specific use case. Nitrile gloves come in a variety of thicknesses and there is a common misconception that the thicker the glove, the better protection it provides. This simply isn’t true.
Omni International is passionate about delivering gloves of the utmost quality and consistency, as well as educating the public about hand protection and the best gloves for your needs. Our gloves are trusted by medical professionals throughout the healthcare industry and have been used to protect patients and prevent the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria.
Join us as we look at the benefits of thin nitrile gloves and why it’s not hard to see why they are the dominant glove design used in healthcare:
Nitrile gloves were first introduced in the mid-1990s and since then, have become widely popular due to being latex-free and having allergy rates as low as 1%. These gloves were originally much more expensive than latex and vinyl gloves, however, due to their popularity, have become more reasonably priced in recent years.
Compared to thick nitrile gloves, thin nitrile gloves tend to be more economical and cost-effective as they require less material to create. They also allow for lower freight costs across the ocean compared to thick gloves. For years, large manufacturers have been investing in new technology, chemical formulations, and production lines to help drive down costs a by making thinner gloves. Medical personnel have taken extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including changing their gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) more frequently. Thin nitrile gloves are a cost-effective solution as healthcare workers increase their glove usage.
As previously mentioned, people often associate thickness with quality and strength. However, when it comes to disposable nitrile gloves, that is not the case. In fact, you may be surprised to find out that it’s quite the opposite. Thin gloves are tactile and allow for greater durability which helps when protecting against rips and tears. This is especially important for use in the healthcare industry, as many of the people wearing the gloves are in direct contact with hazardous substances such as chemicals and bodily fluids.
Another advantage of thin nitrile gloves is that the material tends to tear when punctured. While this may seem like a disadvantage at first thought, it is an easy way to recognize that the glove has been compromised. Thick gloves are more likely to remain intact and the puncture could very well be overlooked. Healthcare professionals commonly use nitrile gloves when examining or operating on patients, so thinner gloves are a better barrier between them and harmful viruses and bacteria.
Thinner gloves tend to give healthcare workers greater sensitivity and a more comfortable feel, as they allow for more stretch than thick gloves. This allows for greater tactile perception when taking a pulse or inserting an IV. It makes them feel as though they’re working with their bare hands which can often lead to better performance, as they don’t feel restricted.
Healthcare workers also tend to feel more comfortable wearing thin gloves, as opposed to thick gloves, when completing intricate tasks or using delicate instruments. With a thicker nitrile glove, there is less give to it, thus creating more hand fatigue over the course of the day. This puts undue pressure on the wrist area that over time, may increase the chances of developing Carpal Tunnel. Thinner gauge allows for more freedom of movement.
Omni International offers a variety of thin nitrile gloves for you to choose from. Our gloves are developed with the latest technology in nitrile manufacturing, material, and formulation. They offer a comfortable fit while maintaining a superior level of tactile sensitivity. To view our full glove line, visit our website here.
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