When to Use Nitrile Gloves

When you’re in the medical field, you use a lot of disposable gloves. These gloves are meant to keep you and your patients safe, but choosing the right glove can be difficult.
Nitrile gloves are made from synthetic rubber and are increasing in popularity. Before you stock up on these gloves, be sure you know when to use them.

Latex vs. the nitrile exam glove

Nitrile gloves are considered an alternative to traditional latex gloves. Latex is made of natural rubber; a protein in that rubber can trigger allergies. As a medical professional, you don’t want to wear gloves that make you uncomfortable. And your patients don’t want you to use supplies that make them uncomfortable.
Latex and nitrile gloves are highly similar; they both provide easy dexterity and are similar in cost. Most practices won’t choose one over the other, but rather have both stocked.

Benefits of nitrile glove(s)

Nitrile gloves have an edge on latex gloves in some ways:

  • While latex gloves are considered good for incidental contact, nitrile gloves can be used for more extended contact
  • Nitrile gloves have better resistance to needle punctures
  • Nitrile gloves are able to handle more chemicals, various solvents, oils, grease, and some acids and bases

Besides allergy protection, nitrile gloves can be a safer and more durable option depending on the task.

Specific uses

Nitrile gloves are recommended for routine exams, blood draws, dental cleanings, and other non-surgical procedures.

NeoSource is happy to provide wholesale medical supplies at a great price to dental offices, medical offices, labs, and veterinarian clinics. Our user-friendly ordering and helpful customer service representatives will make it easy for you to get nitrile gloves for your practice or lab.