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Does Vinyl Gloves Protect You From Bloodborne Pathogens?

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I know latex is efficient in protecting your skin from viruses or bacteria, but does vinyl gloves provide that same level of protection? I know vinyl is cheaper material. 

Chickenlady, ADN

Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 7 years experience.

As far as I know, it is comparable. 

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

Its the vinyl FIT that counts --- loose around wrist, won't help you from getting germs/stool/solutions inside --OK for low exposure

What's The Difference Between Nitrile, Latex, and Vinyl Gloves?
 

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Vinyl gloves are made from PVC, a petroleum-based film. The primary benefit of vinyl disposable gloves is that they’re inexpensive to manufacture. That being said, they are less durable than latex and nitrile, and they offer limited protection against chemical or biomedical exposure. When vinyl gloves are stretched or flexed, the individual molecules separate and the integrity of the protective barrier is compromised. Vinyl gloves have also raised a red flag in terms of their environmental impact, as noted by  Health & Safety International.

Due to their low cost and low protection levels, vinyl gloves are commonly used in non-hazardous and low-infection environments.