Healthcare workers are often exposed to hazardous biological fluids that may put them at risk of disease transmission. Thus, healthcare workers must take extra precautions when treating patients with high risk, especially during an invasive procedure. Moreover, hospital cleaning staff are often exposed to patients’ bodily fluids, posing a significant threat to their lives. Healthcare staff must be well-equipped with protective face masks, gloves, protective sleeves, and other PPE gear to minimize exposure.
What are disposable sleeves used for?
The disposable arm sleeves are imperative in protecting medical professionals against contaminants as the gloves cannot fully cover the rest of the arm, leaving the medical professionals vulnerable to harmful disease exposure. The protective sleeves are usually worn over the clothing or over the bare arm to eliminate the risk of accidental exposure if there is any risk of contaminant fluids spraying or spurting accidentally on the healthcare workers. Such protective equipment is especially required when treating patients with high-risk conditions such as Hepatitis B or C, Ebola Virus, Coronavirus, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as any amount of exposure may put them at great risk.
In that case, the healthcare professionals need cut-resistant material as a protective barrier for the forearm to avoid even minimal exposure in addition to face masks. The disposable sleeves are mostly used by cleaning professionals, surgical teams, and labs to protect against body fluids, chemicals, and abrasions.
Following are a few factors that you must consider when sourcing/selecting disposable sleeves:
Selecting the right material
Medical-grade disposable sleeves are available in a range of different materials, including nitrile, vinyl, and latex. When selecting the material, it is crucial to determine which function they will be used for.
Fitting and flexibility
The fitting and flexibility of the sleeves is also a very crucial factor. If the sleeves are too tight, they may create problems for the healthcare staff, preventing them from using their arms and flexing them freely. On the other hand, loose-fitting sleeves may keep sliding off or provide room for the contaminants to slide through the sleeve.
The wrist area is usually at the highest risk of exposure. The material must be able to cover it well, and at the same time, it should be breathable. As the medical professionals may have to wear the sleeves and gloves for an extended period, the material must be breathable and feel comfortable to wear. Otherwise, it may irritate their arms and reduce their productivity.
Ease of use
Another crucial factor that you must consider is the ease of use for medical professionals. You need to select which will be the most comfortable to wear by the medical professionals. For example, should the protective sleeves need to be tightened on the arm with a strap or has an elastic band? Both types have different advantages and disadvantages that need to be weighed according to the varying purposes of use.
The medical professionals require protective sleeves capable of preventing particulate migration, chemical infiltration, or contaminated material for long hours. At Elite Medical Accessories, we provide a range of high-quality, FDA-Approved medical accessories, including face masks, gloves, polypropylene disposable arm covers, and more. Our polypropylene disposable sleeves provide optimum protection from liquid spray, mist, or particles to prevent contamination while preventing sweat, hair, and arm’s skin flakes from contaminating the sterile environment.
We have over 20 years of experience supplying reliable medical accessories for all kinds of medical institutions, including hospitals, nursing homes, labs, and other healthcare providers. Whether you require the bulk supply of disposable polypropylene sleeves or want to buy medical supplies such as masks, gloves, and PPE gear, get in touch with our team for expert assistance.