The Role of
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends wearing medical gloves to reduce the risk of:
- Blood and body fluid contamination of healthcare workers’ hands.
- Microbial dissemination in the environment, microbial transmission from healthcare workers to the patients and vice versa, as well as among patients.
Several clinical studies have confirmed the role of medical gloves in preventing contamination, dissemination, and transmission of pathogens in healthcare settings. Thus, gloves should be worn as precautions throughout patient care activities that may involve exposure to blood and body fluids and during outbreak situations.
Nonetheless, improper glove storage, and inappropriate techniques for glove donning and removing, may result in microbial transmission. Once contaminated, gloves can instead become a source for transmitting microbes to healthcare workers, patients and environmental surfaces.
A Novel Enhancement to Conventional Medical Gloves
AMG: Complements Existing
Infection Control Protocols
Hand hygiene practice is widely recognised as one of the important infection control measures to prevent the transmission of microbes that cause HAIs. However, hand hygiene campaigns alone are not sufficient, and multiple infection prevention strategies are warranted in efforts to reduce HAIs.
AMG antimicrobial glove can complement existing infection control protocols without the complications of changing current practice or requiring specialised training. The wearing of AMG antimicrobial glove does not differ from ordinary medical glove, but with added microbe-killing property.
AMG: New Paradigm
in Managing HAIs
In healthcare settings, microbes can be transmitted via several ways and physical contact is the main mode of transmission.
Frequently touched objects within the hospital environment, such as bed rails, IV poles and tray tables, have microbial burden that far exceed the benign level of <250 colony forming units (CFU) /100 cm2. This increases the likelihood of microbial transmission from the surfaces to healthcare workers and/or patients.
AMG antimicrobial glove can kill microbes on the outer glove surface and reduce the microbial load during and after glove use. With this unique feature, it can minimise the chances of microbial transmission, thereby help to mitigate the spread of HAIs.
Clinical and Economic Impact of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)
Every year HAIs cause unnecessary suffering and higher medical cost for hundreds of millions of patients and their families around the world. These infections prolong hospital stay, increase the risk of post-operative complications and disabilities, increase resistance to antimicrobials and even result in unnecessary deaths and massive financial losses to the healthcare system.