Consideration of Barrier Protection and Latex Protein Allergy in the Evaluation of Medical Gloves

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The issues surrounding medical gloves have become increasingly complicated over the past 15 years. The AIDS epidemic, allergies, needlesticks, new glove materials, and, most recently, an increased risk of biohazards all factor into the choice of medical gloves. This article examines the research available on two of the issues affecting medical glove choice: barrier protection and latex protein allergy.

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