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Non-Latex Gloves How to get your OR team to switch to the safer alternative. W hen non- latex gloves hit the market about 20 years ago, they were noticeably different from their latex coun- terparts — and not in a good way. They were tougher, stiffer, more prone to tearing, and less tactile and sensitive, too. They were also harder to double-glove, which frustrat- ed many. Plus, with the price of non-latex considerably higher than latex, many didn't see the value in switching to a less satisfying prod- uct. But in response to a surge in latex allergies among both patients and providers, glove manufacturers have steadily answered all of these concerns over the years — including the price disparity. Today's non- latex gloves hold their own against latex in terms of sensitivity, tactili- ty and certainly durability. Still, you can expect some pushback from surgeons and staff who might be wary of non-latex gloves when you set out to make a full or partial conversion. "The most common complaints about non-latex gloves are still that people aren't used to them," says Robert Brown, MD, professor of anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. "Some surgeons say they can't work as well as they do with latex." 1 1 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Thinking of Buying ... Joe Madsen | Associate Editor • FIT-AND-FEEL TRIALS Let every member of the surgical team trial non-latex models. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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