Medical Gloves & Masks
Sterile Gloves and Masks
Stay healthy while providing first aid or caring for loved ones with sterile gloves and masks from the CVS online store. Personal protection equipment acts as a barrier to help stop the transmission of germs that cause viral and bacterial infections.
How To Properly Take Off Gloves
Properly taking off gloves is an essential part of your health and safety to ensure no contaminants come into contact with your skin. You can carefully remove your gloves in a few simple steps: • Grab the outside of the glove at your wrist, being careful not to touch your skin • Peel the glove away from your body, turning it inside out • Peel the second glove off by putting your now bare fingers inside the glove at the top of your wrist • Turn the second glove inside out while peeling it away from your body • Wash your hands thoroughly as a final safety precaution
What Are Latex Gloves For?
Latex gloves act as a physical barrier to prevent pathogens from being transmitted between the wearer and others, with latex specifically being stronger and thicker than many other disposable gloves. They are more resistant to chemicals like acid and protect against leakage, making them an ideal choice when working in wet or chemically dangerous conditions. Being less likely to tear or puncture makes latex gloves the barrier of choice for many in first-responder situations.
Which Gloves Are Best for Medical Use?
Medical latex gloves are rarely used in hospitals and clinics anymore because of the risk of latex allergies. They remain a good option for home use as they're relatively cheap and durable and have good touch sensitivity. However, if you're allergic or sensitive to latex, vinyl or nitrile gloves may be a better option.
Vinyl gloves are latex-free, making them suitable for most people. They're also easier to put on even without powder. Nitrile medical gloves may be the most reliable and comfortable latex-free option of all, though, and they also offer the best puncture and chemical resistance. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you're unsure what type of gloves are best for the type of care you need to provide.
What Are the Types of Gloves Used in Health Care?
Gloves commonly used in health care include exam gloves, surgical gloves and chemotherapy gloves. Exam gloves are usually non-sterile for use in low-risk settings. Surgical gloves are sterile and offer better puncture resistance to avoid contaminating surgical sites and protect surgeons from blood-borne illnesses. Gloves designed for use during chemotherapy administration have better chemical resistance, which helps protect doctors and nurses when handling hazardous medications.
Medical-grade gloves are regulated by the FDA in the United States, ensuring that they perform as expected. Always use sterile gloves and masks as directed, and wash your hands before and afterward to protect your personal hygiene when changing dressings or treating wounds.
Which Face Mask Protects Against Viruses?
Most masks, whether fabric or medical-grade, offer some protection against airborne viral illnesses because they help block the large respiratory droplets that carry viruses after coughing or sneezing. Disposable face masks may help you avoid getting sick when traveling, working or shopping, making them an ideal product to carry with you during cold and flu season. They're comfortable to wear and suitable for most people.
N95 respirators provide a higher level of protection by forming a tight seal around your mouth and nose and filtering out tiny particles. These products may be more effective in high-risk situations, but they're also harder to wear and less comfortable. Many are reusable when handled properly, helping you stay protected for longer.