ISELIN, NEW JERSEY--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2013) - Ansell, a leader in protection solutions, today launched the GAMMEX® Nitrile Antibacterial medical glove, the first antibacterial infection protection glove of its kind.1 It is the only glove approved with demonstrated effective kill rates up to 99.999% against eight common gram-negative and gram-positive bacterial species, including drug resistant strains, as rapidly as one minute after exposure.2
Transmission of pathogens to patients occurs most frequently through contact transmission, including organisms transferred from contaminated hands or gloves of healthcare workers.3 The GAMMEX® Nitrile Antibacterial exterior glove coating reduces the risk of cross-contamination between surfaces and patients, breaking the chain of transmission from the environment to the patient through the hands of the healthcare worker, further reducing the potential of Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) and related costs.
According to the World Health Organization, of every 100 hospitalized patients worldwide, seven in developed countries and ten in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI. These infections can lead to significant mortality and financial losses for health systems.4
"Ansell is dedicated to providing innovative and clinically relevant solutions to help reduce infections and the associated costs," said Anthony B. Lopez, President and General Manager, Ansell Medical Solutions. "We are proud to introduce another first into the healthcare environment that will help protect patients and healthcare workers globally."
Made of 100% nitrile material, GAMMEX® Nitrile Antibacterial medical gloves are not manufactured with natural rubber latex, therefore protecting patients and healthcare workers against Type I (latex) allergies. Additionally, the gloves are packaged in an innovative new vacuum-packed pouch to ensure a cleaner glove than cardboard dispensers. The GAMMEX® Nitrile Antibacterial will first launch in Canada, with global roll-out to follow.
1 The GAMMEX® Nitrile Antibacterial medical glove is not available for sale outside of Canada.
2 In-Vitro Tests results available upon request.
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