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nitrile gloves as good as latex?

Feb 11, 2006

hi dr. bob:)

i am a nursing student in the great white north who was wondering... i had an open cut on my hand and was using nitrile gloves to treat a bleeding patient (patient has a latex allergy). is nitrile as effective at preventing the transmission of HIV/HBV/HCV as latex?

Response from Dr. Frascino


Yes, latex, nitrile, polyvinylchloride and polyethylene and polyurethane products would all be effective barriers in preventing transmission of bloodborne pathogens (HIV and hepatitis).

Dr. Bob

RE Medical Student need your help, badly
He's right ya no!

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