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January/February 2009
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Antimicrobial Medical Gloves

The growing number and severity of healthcare association infections has increased interest in standardization efforts for antimicrobial gloves. In order to explore this area, ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber has created a new task group on antimicrobial medical gloves. Glove suppliers, manufacturers and distributors, as well as contract test labs, government agency representatives and infection control practitioners are invited to participate in the task group, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products.

According to Wava Truscott, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, and leader of the new task group, topics to be addressed for developing standard test methods include the following:

  • Defining critical test parameters;
  • Identifying appropriate test microorganisms;
  • Methods of challenge application;
  • Neutralization;
  • Calculating time to inactivation;
  • Ensuring incorporation of organic substances, to represent blood, tissue, etc.;
  • Varying points of view to be considered including users, agencies, manufacturers, test labs, etc.; and
  • Expiration dating, before opening and after opening the box.

Users of standards developed by the new task group will include glove manufacturers and distributors, researchers, marketers, regulators, U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviewers, purchasing agents and test laboratories. Standards developed by the task group will allow for side-by-side comparisons of gloves by manufacturers, users, purchasers and the FDA.

CONTACT

Technical Information: Wava Truscott, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Roswell, Ga.

Phone: 770-587-8805

ASTM Staff: Joe Koury

Phone: 610-832-9804