Do you have questions about PrimaTouch® Medical Examination Glove standards?

Below you will find the answers you need to the frequently asked questions we receive about medical examination gloves.

How do I ensure my medical examination gloves fit properly?

Choosing the proper size is paramount when ensuring a good fit for your medical examination gloves. There are two keys to ensuring a proper fit with medical exam gloves;

  • Picking the correct size; and

  • Donning the glove properly.

Unfortunately picking the size of glove is somewhat of a trial and error process. For example, in general you might find you are a medium (or a small, or large etc.). The feel and fit of a glove changes slightly depending on specific glove lines and the thickness of the material. As such, when trying on an exam glove ask yourself the following questions.

Is the glove too tight?

Does your examination glove fatigue your hand? Do you feel resistance when you move your fingers? If so, consider a larger glove. In addition to being more comfortable, a larger glove will experience less stress on the material, which may reduce the risk of tears.

Is the glove too loose?

Does the glove feel loose? Is it tough to grip objects? If so, consider a smaller glove, as excess material may increase the risk of tears or punctures due to it snagging on other objects.

Does the glove fit correctly?

Is the glove comfortable to wear for extended periods? Does it feel like a second skin or like it is not even there? If so, you have found the right glove.

All PrimaTouch® Exam Gloves are available in five sizes from extra small through to extra large to ensure the best possible fit for most hand sizes and shapes.

Donning your glove properly will help to ensure your gloves are fitting properly. Please check the information for use page for recommendation on properly donning examination gloves.

What level of protection do PrimaTouch® Medical Examination Gloves offer?

All PrimaTouch® Nitrile Examination Gloves meet or exceed recognized consensus standard for their application jurisdictions.
Testing conducted on our glove lines includes:

  • Physical Properties (e.g. Tensile strength, water-tightness, elasticity etc.)

  • Bio-compatibility (as per ISO 10993)

  • Viral Penetration (as per ASTM F1671) Chemotherapy Drug Penetration (as per ASTM D6978)*

*Not all gloves are tested for chemotherapy drug resistance. Please contact us or refer to the glove box for further details.

What is the purpose of medical examination gloves?

The primary purpose of medical examination gloves is to help prevent cross-contamination between patients and caregivers during medical procedures. Medical examination gloves can also be used to provide a certain level of protection from chemotherapy drug agents and chemicals* depending on the glove line.

*While chemical resistance testing is available for some commonly used chemicals on several of priMED’s glove lines, users should consult a priMED representative for specific chemicals prior to use.

When should I replace or dispose of medical examination gloves?

priMED’s medical examination gloves are “single-use” (also known as disposable) and should be changed or disposed of at the completion of the current task. In addition, health care practitioners should change exam gloves:

  • When consulting or treating a new or different patient;

  • When moving between a contaminated part of the body to another part of the body or work environment that may be at higher risk from cross contamination (e.g. broken skin, mucous membranes etc.)

  • If any holes, rips, tears or punctures are observed;

  • Every 20 minutes;

  • If your gloves are grossly contaminated.

Does priMED use accelerators in its medical examination gloves?

Most Nitrile medical exam gloves currently available to healthcare practitioners contain accelerators. Accelerators help in the "curing" of the gloves during the production process. While the majority of end users do not experience any negative impact from these accelerators, some individuals are more sensitive to this class of chemical. This sensitivity tends to result in a type IV allergic reaction and can potentially cause dermatitis.

People who have such sensitivities should choose PrimaTouch® Pure Medical Exam Gloves. The PrimaTouch® Pure brand is an "accelerator-free" Nitrile product health care workers can use to feel both comfortable and protected.

What are the applicable standards for Nitrile medical exam gloves?

OVERVIEW OF STANDARDS FOR NITRILE MEDICAL EXAM GLOVES

ASTM Standard Title
ASTM D6319

Standard specification for Nitrile medical examination gloves

ASTM D412

Standard test methods for vulcanized rubber and thermoplastic elastomers tension

ASTM D5151

Standard test method for detection of holes in medical gloves

ASTM D6124

Standard test method for residual powder on medical gloves

ASTM D6978

Standard practice for assessment of resistance of medical gloves to permeation by chemotherapy drugs

ASTM F1671

Standard test method for resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by blood-borne pathogens using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage penetration as a test system

ASTM F739

Standard test method for permeation of liquids and gases through protective clothing materials under conditions of continuous contact

What are the applicable standards for Vinyl exam gloves?

OVERVIEW OF STANDARDS FOR VINYL MEDICAL EXAM GLOVES

ASTM Standard Title
ASTM D412

Standard test methods for vulcanized rubber and thermoplastic elastomers tension

ASTM D5151

Standard test method for detection of holes in medical exam gloves

ASTM D6124

Standard test method for residual powder on medical exam gloves

ASTM D5250

Standard specification for poly(vinyl chloride) medical exam gloves

ASTM F1671

Standard test method for resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by blood-borne pathogens using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage penetration as a test system

ASTM F739

Standard test method for permeation of liquids and gases through protective clothing materials under conditions of continuous contact

What are the applicable standards for Latex medical exam gloves?

OVERVIEW OF STANDARDS FOR LATEX MEDICAL EXAM GLOVES

ASTM Standard Title
ASTM D412

Standard test methods for vulcanized rubber and thermoplastic elastomers tension

ASTM D3578

Standard specification for rubber examination gloves

ASTM D3767

Standard practice for rubber measurement of dimensions

ASTM D5151

Standard test method for detection of holes in medical examination gloves

ASTM D6124

Standard test method for residual powder on medical examination gloves

ASTM F1671

Standard test method for resistance of materials used in protective clothing to penetration by blood-borne pathogens using Phi-X174 Bacteriophage penetration as a test system