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Why not black gloves?

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by markjohconley, May 22, 2008.

  1. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

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    I noticed that tattooists use black latex gloves when working (they use fluoroscent lights also), so why shouldn't we use them, or blue or green? Less glare, and OH&S issue. No?
  2. Donna

    Donna Active Member

    Hey Mark,

    So where and what did you get tattooed? I'm guessing a dolphin on your left bicep... ;)

    I wouldn't think you'd get glare from your surgical gloves unless they're a really tight fit and therefore appear shinier... Most latex gloves seem to have a matte finish, except for if you blow them up like a balloon of course... :dizzy: But I'd never really thought about how colours effect glare... I guess you'd have to try them out and compare them...

    Coloured gloves would definitely be more fun...


  3. ely

    ely Member

    Cost might motivate using 'normal' coloured gloves maybe? I'm pretty sure nitrile gloves (blue ones, and the cytotoxic purple ones) are a bit more expensive than run of the mill good ol latex gloves. Maybe it comes down to personal choice. I haven't been too troubled by the colour of gloves so far though.. Am tempted to think the only reason tattooists use the black is for fashion... or maybe to hide the colours (says the pink gloved podiatrist after lipstick to patient's foot).
  4. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    Hi Donna and Ely,
    I hadn't thought about the tightness / increased reflection, good point. In operating theatres (where they still don't wear coloured gloves I believe) they use drapes that used to be green but apparently are now blue? to cut reflection and it's easier / less damaging? on the eye. More fun? maybe a fashion statement for pods!
    And cost of course, good point also.

    all the best, mark c
  5. Adrian Misseri

    Adrian Misseri Active Member

    I'd be happy with a box of multicolored gloves, like the disposable laxtex gloves for around the house that Ansell put out. I guess that's doable? Whole lot of fun really, and I guess could be useful for building rapport with patients, appears less threatening, especially with kids (before the scary scapel and ouchy liquid nitrogen).
  6. cornmerchant

    cornmerchant Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys

    Coloured gloves for kids I could go with, may be fun. Black are very sinister looking, and you would not see dirt or contamination on them very easily. Other colours may be fun but aesthetically I think patients like to see conventional gloves which are maybe a little more professional? I have never had a problem with reflection.

    Cornmerchant ( not as dull as I sound!)
  7. markjohconley

    markjohconley Well-Known Member

    As I understand it with surgery the green / blue surgical drapes are to reduce the glare / damage? to eyes. Whereas they retain the traditional cream coloured gloves to make surgeon / scrub nurse hands "stand out" against those green / blue drapes so the scrub nurse knows where to place the scalpel blade / suture holder ie into the surgeon's palm not INTO the surgeon's palm. For non-surgical podiatry procedures (nail avulsions included) drapes aren't needed, so why not avoid long-term eye damage. I don't think this just applies to those that use the up-close fluorescent tubes? We wear sunnies outside all the time, don't we?
    Sinister looking, yep you've got me there though! But green / blue?
    All the best, mark c

    (and apologies to Trudi for that harsh post some months ago)
  8. spike123horse

    spike123horse Active Member

    I thought tha green drapes were used, as if you look at something red for a while & then looked away, you saw green, so the drapes were for the comfort of those using them. I used nitrile gloves, which at the moment are delivered in a fetching shade of lilac, whatever colour I order. My patients don't seem to mind, but do notice when my supplier randomly changes colour! None of the colours reflects my professional standards in any way!
  9. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Spike,

    Slightly off thread so I apologise in advance. :eek:

    Being latex sensitive (I'm a delicate little flower don't you know ;) )

    I too use nitrile gloves. My supplier only has access to the blue nitrile but when I have worked in the local NHS hospitals the lilac ones were the glove of choice. I found them to be of a superior quality so I would be grateful if you could provide details of your supplier.

    In addition lilac is soooooo this season :D

    Thank you muchly :drinks
  10. Ian Linane

    Ian Linane Well-Known Member

    Hi Twirls

    "..Being latex sensitive (I'm a delicate little flower don't you know.."

    I guess that rules out one of the party games for July then :boohoo:

  11. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Surely not,

    A way around latex sensitivity is to double glove. :D

    If I need to use sterile gloves I use nitrile then sterile ones over the top.

    Ian, I am intrigued, what party games did you have in mind that require us to glove up?

    Mind boggles :wacko:

    It's in my nature to be inquisitive. ;)

    PS. I'll bring a box just in case.
  12. Tuckersm

    Tuckersm Well-Known Member

    Or you could use the ribbed variety for extra pleasure :dizzy:;)
  13. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Oo-er matron,

    Must ring DLT right away. :D


    (Note to non-UK readers: DLT is a Podiatry supply company. NOT a code for kinky gloved type activity). ;)
  14. spike123horse

    spike123horse Active Member


    i got lilac gloves from both a.c.medical & premier healthcare & supplies - both have websites, i'm sure that you can get them other places aswell? - only got blue from d.l.t, but i like them better, the lilac are a bit thinner.
  15. kitos

    kitos Active Member

    Hi Twirly,

    Like you I am latex sensitive and I use Lilac coloured nitrile gloves from Barrier Healthcare ...and seem to go down very well with clients and they are of superior quality and feel. Grip is also very good.


    Try a box and see.
    Best wishes
  16. Denny

    Denny Member

    The dentists over here have turquoise gloves that have a pepperment fragrance. Maybe they could come up with some fragrance for podiatry.
  17. Pedicurist

    Pedicurist Guest

    My guess is that it is to protect the clients from seeing their own blood. I work with a tattoo artist, I'll ask her.

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