Biomechanical performance of powder-free examination gloves

J Emerg Med. Nov-Dec 1999;17(6):1011-8. doi: 10.1016/s0736-4679(99)00133-x.


Biomechanical performance studies were undertaken for powder-free, latex and nitrile examination gloves. Using standardized tests, examination glove performance was judged by measuring glove thickness, glove puncture force, glove tape adhesion force, glove donning force, glove stiffness, and immediate unrecovered stretch. Even though the nitrile examination gloves were thinner than the latex examination gloves, they exhibited a greater puncture resistance. In addition, tape adherence to the N-Dex nitrile glove was the lowest. Moreover, measurements of the handling characteristics of the nitrile examination gloves demonstrated that they are an acceptable alternative to latex examination gloves. While these biomechanical studies demonstrate the superiority of the nitrile examination gloves, clinical glove evaluation is still needed to determine their performance in the health care setting.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Emergency Medical Technicians*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Gloves, Protective* / standards
  • Humans
  • Latex
  • Nitriles


  • Latex
  • Nitriles