Source：Link Testing Instruments Co., Ltd
Medical gloves are disposable gloves used during medical examinations and procedures that help prevent cross-contamination between caregivers and patients. Medical gloves are made of different polymers including latex, nitrile rubber, vinyl and neoprene.
The coefficient of friction (hereinafter referred to as “COF”) of the medical gloves should meet special requirements for clinical operation. To be specific, the COF of the internal surface of medical gloves should be relatively low so that it can be easy to wear and the internal surface will not stick together. On the other hand, the COF of external surface of medical gloves should be relatively high so that the operator can grip the medical apparatus by wearing medical gloves. Therefore, it is significant to select the medical gloves with suitable COF for the operators.
This article provides a simplified COF test method of medical gloves for your reference. The testing instrument used for the tests is Link Testing’s LTCOF-05A Coefficient of Friction Tester. The internal surface of medical gloves was tested in the tests mentioned hereinafter.
Figure 1. Latex & Rubber Medical Gloves
The tests can be performed according to the following procedures.
With the obtained test results, the manufacturer or user of medical gloves can determine whether the products can meet the requirements for medical application.
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