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:
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.
Technical Information: Wava Truscott, Kimberly-Clark Health Care, Roswell, Ga.
ASTM Staff: Joe Koury