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What Are Chemo-Rated Nitrile Gloves?
In 2020, nearly 19.3 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed worldwide. Cancer research and medical technology make new advances every day, but chemotherapy is still the most common treatment route for many patients. Exposure to chemotherapy drugs can have adverse effects on those administering, handling and transporting the medications. The use of chemo-tested gloves is recommended to protect staff.
Using Chemo-Rated Gloves for Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy slows or stops the growth and spread of cancer by eliminating cancer cells at certain stages in their lifecycle. The targeted stage may vary depending on the medication used. There are more than 100 anti-cancer drugs currently in use for chemotherapy.
While chemotherapy treatment is an effective option for cancer patients, these medications do not differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells. Staff handling the medications risk exposure to drugs that could damage their healthy cells and produce immediate or delayed long-term toxic effects, including potential mutagenic, carcinogenic and teratogenic effects.
Exposure is possible for any employee who handles the medications or items that may be contaminated. This includes oncologists, nurses, chemists, pharmacists, transportation staff and cleaning staff. Any employee who needs to handle these medications should use appropriate chemotherapy gloves to reduce their risk and mitigate any possible exposure.
Even with tested chemotherapy gloves, it’s recommended that staff minimize the time they are exposed to anti-cancer drugs and replace their gloves every 15-20 minutes to further avoid unnecessary risk.
Best Types of Gloves for Chemotherapy
Gloves sold in the U.S. are subject to rigorous testing before they can be approved for use in handling chemotherapy medications. Approved gloves must meet the requirements for the ASTM D6978-05 Assessment of Resistance of Medical Gloves to Permeation by Chemotherapy Drugs.
Test factors for chemotherapy gloves include:
- Penetration: The ability of contaminants to pass through macroscopic holes or pores in gloves is evaluated using air or water leakage tests.
- Permeation: The passage of chemicals through the material of the gloves at a molecular level is tested using seven mandatory chemo drugs and two additional cytostatic medications.
- Degradation: The tendency to break down or become ineffective when exposed to certain chemicals is tested by observing reactions to chemicals used in chemo medications.
Any gloves that meet the standard requirements for these tests are approved for handling and administering chemotherapy medications.
Through extensive testing, latex and nitrile gloves have proven to be the most effective for protecting staff from exposure to anti-cancer drugs. Because of the prevalence of latex allergies, chemo-tested nitrile gloves are the best option for chemotherapy treatment.
Why Choose SUNLINE Supply for Chemo-Rated Gloves?
SUNLINE Supply carries a wide selection of chemo-tested nitrile gloves approved to stand up to use and protect employees handling chemotherapy drugs. We import our personal protective equipment (PPE) from trusted manufacturers who are subjected to rigorous quality testing procedures.
We maintain a large inventory of chemo-rated gloves in our warehouses, so we are prepared to provide the gloves you need for your facility. With low pricing, fast shipping and bulk purchasing options, SUNLINE Supply is your one-stop shop for purchasing chemotherapy gloves.