STP1133

    An Interlaboratory Comparison of Standard Test Methods for Medical Gloves

    Published: Jan 1992


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    Abstract

    Interlaboratory (round-robin) testing was done on medical gloves of four materials of manufacture. Leak testing was done by air inflation, water fill and chemical fill methods. The reproducibility of each method varies, depending on glove type. The methods also vary in sensitivity; the chemical fill method detects the highest proportion of pinholes. Tensile strength was evaluated by whole finger, ring and dumbbell methods, with the latter found most reproducible.

    Keywords:

    AIDS, universal precautions, hole detection, glove standards


    Author Information:

    Douglas, AA
    Standards officer and division manager, Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa

    Neufeld, PD
    Standards officer and division manager, Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices, Tunney's Pasture, Ottawa

    Wong, RKW
    Statistician, Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, Alberta


    Paper ID: STP19154S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F23.96

    DOI: 10.1520/STP19154S


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