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5 Things That Affect the Effectiveness of Your Exam Gloves

Regular exam gloves exist for the sole purpose of providing a barrier between your hands and whatever you are touching. It is important to remember that standard exam gloves in the box are clean, but still require some degree of hand hygiene to protect your patients. In any setting where exam gloves are used, there are a number of things that can affect how well your gloves work that you should be aware of. Join us in today’s post as we discuss some of the common things that affect how effective your exam gloves are and what you can do to improve their efficiency, for the sake of you and your patients.

It is important to note that although we will refer to gloves in this article as exam gloves, everything discussed here applies to both sterile and non-sterile gloves as well as latex, vinyl, and nitrile gloves.

Hand Hygiene

Wearing gloves is much more like a bright visual cue that it is an effective barrier to preventing the transmission of disease. Exam gloves are effective at keeping body fluids and other contaminants off of the hands of the wearer, but when they are pulled out of a multi-pack box, handled, and then put on hands, they can be less clean for the person being touched than their own cell phone. To help reduce what the person being touched is exposed to on the exam glove, it is important to follow some simple hand and glove hygiene tips.

  • Wash hands prior to wearing — gloves are not a trade-off to clean hands.
  • Minimize handling of gloves.
    • Take them from the box and put them on
  • Protect the box that the gloves come in.
    • Do not combine boxes of gloves,
    • Do not put gloves back in a box if they fall out
  • Be mindful of what you touch.
    • Do not touch your face or hair.
    • Change gloves between touching objects and patient.
    • Change gloves between removing dressings and applying new ones.
    • Do not handle your cell phone or computer with gloves on.
    • Change gloves after touching common items — door handles, buttons, or carts.
  • Gloves are not your hands.
    • Do not wash your gloves.
    • Do not reuse exam gloves.

Exam gloves are meant to provide a barrier of protection for both you and the patient you are touching. Being mindful of what you touch can help improve the effectiveness of the gloves.

Cleaning Products

A variety of cleaning products can have a big impact on the effectiveness of your gloves. Cleaning products, whether meant to clean surfaces or skin, tend to be corrosive. Cleaning products contain chemicals that kill bacteria and other microbes but can also compromise the integrity of the already thin material of exam gloves. Bleach, rubbing alcohol, Cavicide, and other common medical cleaning products can all break down gloves. Exam gloves are used when handling these products to help prevent the skin of the user’s hand being damaged, but you should be mindful to change exam gloves both between cleaning products used and after using a cleaning product.

Glove Ingredients

The gloves themselves can cause a difference in effectiveness. There are different claims as to whether nitrile, vinyl, natural latex, or latex are best for use, but as a whole, the medical industry has reduced the use of latex overall. Regardless of what type of gloves you have in your facility, the materials that are used to create them can significantly impact the efficiency of the gloves. Fillers that some exam glove manufacturing companies use can reduce the efficiency of the exam gloves by more than 50%. Before you don your gloves, check them for quality, and then check again after putting them on. Check for rips, tears, and holes — even the smallest one will widen with wear.

Time and Friction

Nitrile exam gloves are not meant for long-term use. Continued use can degrade and develop holes as time passes. This is due to the stretching of the fibers and exposure to the environment as well as the sweat and oils on your hands. One study suggests that 12 minutes of use reduces the efficiency of exam gloves by nearly 35%.

Most people understand that time and exposure compromise the efficiency of their gloves and opt to wear two pairs, layered. However, this is very dangerous and the friction between the two pairs of gloves can actually cause both of the gloves to break even quicker. The solution is to wear a single pair of gloves and change them more frequently.

Oil-Based Lubricants

Oil-based lubricants break down latex and rubber by making the cells of the material swell or become brittle. This is not a guarantee that the material of your exam gloves will be completely compromised, but with use and/ or friction, there is a much greater chance of breakdown. While many exam gloves used in the medial industry are now latex-free, they still contain rubber. Water-based lubricants are a safe alternative to any other lubricant of choice. HR Lubricating Jelly is a medical lubricant that is safe for use in a variety of situations that involve exam gloves because it is safe for both the exam gloves as well as the patient.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we make products that are safe for patients and medical professionals alike. Our HR Lubricating Jelly will not compromise the integrity of exam gloves, which helps keep everyone involved safer. Our medical lubricant is pH balanced and water-soluble, so you can rest assured it is not degrading the materials on your exam gloves. Additionally, it is bacteriostatic, meaning it won’t aid in the transmission of microbes. For a medical lubricant that you can count on, trust HR Lubricating Jelly.

Why Lubricant is a Wise Choice For Promoting Fertility

Infertility is a fairly common problem that affects more than 12% of married couples who attempt to conceive. Of this percentage, only about 12% of infertility problems are due to actual medical incompatibility or inability to conceive. A good portion of the difficulties that couples face is due more to the facts that healthy couples only have a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month and a shift in social norms that make conception more difficult. The good news is, with patience and persistence, nearly 60% of couples will conceive within six months of trying.

If you are a part of a couple that is attempting to conceive, this post is for you. Join us as we discuss some of the ways that lubricant can help your efforts be more fruitful. At HR Lubricating Jelly, our medical lubricants are perfect for helping to conceive. From being used as a personal lubricant for the act of conceiving to verifying pregnancy by lubricating a transvaginal ultrasound wand, and then assisting your Obstetrician in checking the dilation of a cervix, we are there for you on your fertility journey, from beginning to end!

Mimics natural lubrication.

The human body is made to reproduce. And, because of this, the naturally-occurring fluids it produces are for that very purpose. Women’s bodies produce a variety of lubricants to promote reproduction, based on what part of their menstrual cycle they are experiencing. During sex, a lack of moisture can cause uncomfortable friction for both partners that will prevent the act from occurring. The body’s natural solution is to produce a moisturizing lubricant during arousal to make things more comfortable for both parties. During ovulation, however, cervical lubrication is produced to provide a slippier glide to help produce male orgasm as well as help healthy sperm on their journey to the awaiting fertile egg.

A pH balanced, water-based medical lubricant is the next best thing to the vagina’s natural lubricant. Because it mimics the body’s natural lubrication, it promotes the natural processes of human procreation.

Increases pleasure.

As we discussed briefly, some changes in social norms have made it more difficult for today’s couples to conceive. Work hours are longer and more stressful. High stress is such a normalized part of our modern culture and coupled with alcohol use, physical intimacy has declined significantly. When a couple is attempting to conceive, knowing that ovulation day occurs only once a month puts a lot of pressure on the procreation “event.” This high-stress, high-pressure set-up can make the event seem more like a chore or another job that needs to be done. As months go by without positive results, the stress and frustration can impact couples by decreasing intimacy and result in a physical difficulty or inability to perform. Using a medical lubricant can help increase pleasure and help both parties relax and enjoy themselves. This helps to yield the best results. It is a medical fact that arousal and a pleasurable experience help promote reproduction and that when both parties climax, the chances of conception increase. Additionally, when pleasure is increased, stress hormones are decreased, resulting in better chances for a healthy baby.

Promotes sperm vitality.

Unlike women, men continue to create genetic reproduction material (sperm) as it is needed. Slow moving or unhealthy sperm find it difficult in making it to the egg and leads to difficulty in conceiving. Less-than-optimal sperm can be the product of a number of things including anatomical abnormalities, testicular trauma, chronic medical conditions, and acute concerns including alcohol or drug use, higher than normal stress levels, and poor nutrition and hydration status. While a lubricant cannot do much about the sperm that is produced, it provides the ideal conditions for healthy sperm to thrive in and help them along to find the egg. In the absence of lubricant, the birth canal of a woman experiencing the same conditions that affect sperm production in males can cause an “inhospitable environment” for sperm in women. A pH balanced, water-based lubricant provides the optimal environment for sperm.

HR Lubricating Jelly is trusted by gynecologists and obstetricians throughout the world as the mark of quality and assurance in reproduction. Don’t just take our word for it or do something simply because that is the way it has always been done. Review the data and draw your own conclusions.

How to Pick Your Lubricant

When you are attempting to conceive, not just any lubricant will do. It is important to note that most commercial lubricants that are intended for adult pleasure are not made with the health and welfare of sperm or normal micro-flora in mind. They are made for the sole purpose of making sex more exciting. Medical lubricants are made with the health of all parties in mind and increased pleasure is just a beneficial byproduct! With that in mind, we’d like to offer a few tips on how to pick your lubricant when you are attempting to conceive.

Viscosity

The viscosity of your lubricant helps reduce friction and irritation and promotes all of the topics we discussed in this post. It helps increase pleasure and helps sperm find the egg that is waiting to be fertilized.
HR Lubricating Jelly maintains its integrity and viscosity better than any other medical lubricant on the market. It is known for not thinning out or dripping from the area where it is applied.

Sperm-Friendly

Creating the ideal conditions for healthy sperm to be transported to an egg means creating a healthy, as-close-to-natural-as-possible environment. A lubricant that alters the pH balance or includes a spermicide will not help promote conception.
HR Lubricating Jelly has been studied by universities and independently to be proven to be compatible with sperm and embryos. Additionally, it is also micro-flora friendly, meaning it will not disrupt the host environment.

HR Lubricating Jelly has been used to support fertility and conceptions since 1931. If you and your partner are attempting to conceive, start the journey off with the support of a medical lubricant that has been proven successful. HR Lubricating Jelly is kosher, latex-free, and made in the United States. Shop our entire product line online today.

How Your Lubricant Affects Conception

Personal lubricant is often a part of a healthy couple’s intimate life. In fact, some recent studies estimate that nearly 65 percent of couples use personal lubricant on a regular basis. So, when you are perusing the aisles at your local neighborhood pharmacy and stop in the family planning section, there are a few things that you should consider.

The market for adult products is overflowing with great options for nearly every desire. The lubricant selection does not disappoint. Whether you are looking for something that flavors or warms to help spice things up in the bedroom, you are trying to prevent a pregnancy, or you are trying to conceive, the options really are limitless.

If you are trying to conceive, the lubricating jelly you select really can make a difference. However, it is important not to grab the first tube sporting the label of “fertility-friendly” or “sperm-friendly” and make some well informed decisions. Follow along in today’s post as we discuss some of the various options and what you should look for in your baby-making lube.

Hospitable environment.

Some lubricating jellies are armed with spermicidal ingredients that are meant specifically for preventing sperm from making it into the birth canal to fertilize an awaiting egg. Some lubes do not include such ingredients, but are not sperm friendly by the nature of the other ingredients. This can mean that there are chemicals that are less than ideal living environments for sperm. These lubes typically include those that are equipped with pleasure-focused qualities — extra scents, tastes, warming or cooling, ect. Non-sperm friendly ingredients that are not necessarily spermicidal can slow sperm motility or integrity. To ensure the best sperm can make it safely to the ripe eggs, the right lubricant makes all the difference.

When a woman is ovulating, she will naturally produce a mucous-like discharge that is a medium for making intercourse more comfortable and enjoyable for both parties, which dramatically improves the chances of conception, as well as helps create a sperm-friendly environment. A good fertility-friendly lubricant will mimic the natural egg-white consistency of a woman’s cervical mucus.

pH balanced.

One of the major culprits of lube induced infertility is an altered pH. The natural environment has a sperm-friendly pH balance and changing it to become either acidic or basic can impact both the sperm and the egg. When trying to conceive, do not use anything that may alter the pH balance in the vagina. Common over-the-counter lubricating jellies will add just enough acid to make the environment toxic to sperm, rendering your reproductive attempts unsuccessful.

Select a lubricant that has as few chemicals as possible and is water-based. These lubes won’t interfere with the natural vaginal pH and will help promote fertility.

Get the best qualities.

When you are inspecting the labels of fertility-friendly personal lubricants, look for qualities that include:

  • Glycerin-free
  • Isotonic
  • pH balanced
  • Water-based

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we have been creating high-quality products for a variety of medical uses for more than 80 years. Our products are known for their simply basic ingredients and the safety that even the most sensitive patient can use and appreciate. HR Lubricating Jelly is a water-based fertility and embryo friendly lubricating jelly. It has been studied by universities and fertility clinics and has been proven compatible with sperm and embryos and a viable option for use when attempting to conceive. Shop our entire lubricant product line online today!

Urinary Catheter: A Review of Your Personal Use Options

Millions of Americans suffer from conditions such as urinary retention, incontinence, or some other disorder that make a urinary catheter necessary. Urinary catheters provide convenience and help prevent a wide variety of health concerns and embarrassments. If you or your loved one use a urinary catheter, take peace in knowing that you have options.

In today’s post, we will review some of your urinary catheter options and some care and maintenance tips for each.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we pride ourselves on making high-quality medical products that are safe for use on even the most vulnerable patients. Our Lubricating Jelly makes insertion and maintenance of urinary catheters much more comfortable.

 

Indwelling Urinary Catheter

Indwelling urinary catheters include the traditional Foley catheter that can be used directly in the urethra, or can be inserted into a suprapubic opening directly through the abdomen and into the bladder. Indwelling catheters collect urine continuously. This is especially convenient for those who leak or who do not have the sensation of fullness or the urge to go.

Indwelling catheters should always be inserted with a water-based lubricant that is viscous. Indwelling catheters should be cleaned, at a minimum, twice daily, with the bag cleaned daily, and the entire system switched out at least monthly. This helps prevent urinary tract infections and other problems.

HR Pharmaceuticals Lubricating Jelly offers a superior water-based lube that features premium viscosity. Our lube will make the insertion process much more comfortable and reduce friction. It also will not breakdown the silicone hose or cause an interaction with the materials of the catheter.

Condom Catheter

A condom catheter is a convenient option for males. The father tubing is attached to a condom that slips easily over the penis. Urine is diverted into a discreet leg bag for clean, comfortable, convenience. This type of catheter is especially convenient for the man on the go, who doesn’t suffer from urinary retention.

Condom catheters should be applied with a tacky skin prepping agent to help gently hold the condom in place. It should routinely be removed to allow the skin to air out and to be cleaned, which is especially important for men who are uncircumcised.

Intermittent Self-Cath

The intermittent self-cath, or straight cath, is convenient for those who suffer from urinary retention, but have the sensation to go and do not leak. For intermittent straight cath, the client will use catheter tubing and insert it through the urethra to drain the bladder. This can be done as needed to relieve urinary retention or on a regular basis to drain a neurogenic bladder.

Managing an intermittent self-cath takes a little bit of patience and a lot of practice. Practicing an aseptic technique is critical to preventing infection. And, using the right lube is absolutely paramount to inserting a catheter over and over. A high-quality lubricating jelly that is water-based and viscous will allow the catheter to be easily inserted without causing friction or tearing.

HR Lubricating Jelly is a premium lube that offers users a latex-free, water-soluble lubricant with superior viscosity. The single-use OneShot® packaging helps to promote the integrity of an aseptic environment and are easy to use. When you have HR Lubricating Jelly in your arsenal, you will be set up for successful intermittent catheterization.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we are proud to create superior products that are safe and easy to use, while also providing optimal patient comfort. HR Lubricating Jelly is a smooth and comfortable option that offers a whole host of positive features. If you are managing a urinary catheter at home, try the lubricant you deserve — shop our entire product line online today.

How Your Patients Choose Medical Products For In-Home Use

You’ve been caring for your patient for what seems like an eternity, and they are ready to go home. If they are like many patients you discharge, they are not back to their pre-admission state and there will be some recovery time needed at home. If they are going home with any sort of durable medical equipment or a condition that requires care with medical supplies, you can bet that they will require some education on how to do for themselves what you have been doing for them. When you are completing patient education in anticipation for discharge, it may help you to know how your patients will be making decisions on what medical products they will purchase.

Follow along in today’s post as we review some of the ways that patients came to select HR Lubricating Jelly as their brand of choice for home use lubricant.

“It was the same lube they used at the hospital.”

Many people are under the assumption that what their medical provider use is the best possible product available. They also assume that if it worked at the hospital, that’s what I should continue to do. When they visit their local medical supply store or corner pharmacy, they will look for the product that their medical team uses at whatever facility they just left.

When you use a high-quality product like HR Lubricating Jelly at your facility, you are setting your patients up for success. When used in any setting, HR Lubricating Jelly offers benefits that other lubricants cannot. Some of these benefits include its kosher certification, the superior water-based viscosity, and the sterile packaging and bacteriostatic contents.

“My healthcare provider recommended it.”

Those who have little to no healthcare knowledge value and trust the input of their medical providers. When you are educating your patients on how to care for themselves at home, they will nervously listen to your advice, hoping they will be able to do as you did.

When your patients ask which lubricant they should use, suggest them the comfort and safety offered by HR Lubricating Jelly. If you trust it enough to use for all of your patients in your practice, advocate for those who need a quality product for in-home use.

“It had the best reviews online.”

Nowadays you can rate everything and provide instant feedback about services and products to benefit other consumers. Online ratings and reviews allow consumers to read about how the product actually worked for people like them and compare it to other products. Amazing qualities like the bacteriostatic properties or the sterile packaging may not mean too much to the end-user, but reviews like
“I have used all the products on the market, and none was as comfortable to self-cath with as HR Lubricating Jelly. Pain-free and made the whole procedure so smooth!”

“It’s what my family member/ friend/ neighbor uses.”

Before people purchase nearly anything, they will ask for the input of someone who already uses a similar product. While this always helps put the user’s mind at ease, it is unfortunate when their source has been just dealing with a sub-par product because they don’t know anything else. Remind your patient that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for everyone and while they should seek advice and input, it is best to try products out for themselves!

HR Lubricating Jelly is available in single-use packets, which make it convenient for on the go and to keep the environment clean, even at home. Additionally, the single-use packs are great for sharing!

However, it is that your patients seek information about products that they will use for care at home, help them make the best-informed decisions. Arm them with all the facts and let them try the products that you have on hand for themselves. An important part of patient education is familiarizing them with the products they will be using. Fortunately for you and your patients, HR Pharmaceuticals has owned the mark of assurance, consistency, and convenience for over 80 years.

To stock, your facility with a superior lubricating jelly, shop our entire selection online today!

Why The Viscosity of Your Lubricant Matters

If you perform any procedure that requires the use of lubricating jelly, you are likely already well aware that not every lubricant is the same! A few qualities that some medical lubricants offer — bacteriostatic properties, hypoallergenic, paraben-free — are not obvious to the end-user. However, some are — viscosity, consistency, and residue factor.

HR Pharmaceutical’s Lubricating Jelly is a water-based lubricant that won’t clump, flake, or become tacky. Follow along in today’s post as we discuss some of the reasons the viscosity of your lubricating jelly matters and why HR Pharmaceuticals works so hard to make lubricants with superior viscosity.

Avoid injury.

Friction is the enemy in most scenarios. Not only does friction during a medical procedure create discomfort for the patient, regardless of where it occurs, but friction can cause cell trauma. Abrasions, skin tears, scabs, and ulcers can occur in areas that experience friction. Once an area has been compromised, it will make any procedure uncomfortable in that area. If you are inserting something like a nasogastric tube or a nasal airway, nicking the tissue can cause blood to enter a cavity it shouldn’t, such as the stomach or lungs.

Reduce infection.

Skin and mucous cells are the first line of defense for the body. Meant to keep pathogens out, once compromised, it is much less effective. When you use lubricants with poor viscosity, there is increased potential for compromising the integrity of an orifice. This creates an opportunity for pathogens to enter the body. Additionally, an open area invites bacteria to the site and can cause an infection at the compromised area. Viscosity matters!

Increase efficiency.

As a medical professional, you know that efficiency is what keeps your practice moving. You likely have a host of tasks, exams, and procedures. You also know that medical equipment costs a lot of money. You can help improve the efficiency of each task and reduce waste of medical equipment when you use lubricating jelly that makes insertion of medical equipment easier and does not compromise the equipment. HR Pharmaceutical Lubricating Jelly is thick and water-based, offering superior instrument coverage without affecting the material of the equipment. The superior viscosity allows you to easily insert instruments quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Improve patient comfort.

Ask anyone with any experience using any sort of lubricant, and they will all agree that viscosity directly affects performance and comfort. Viscosity affects how smoothly an instrument will move in an orifice. Lubricating Jelly from HR Pharmaceutical offers superior viscosity for patient comfort. Additionally, the water-based formula prevents staining, clumping, drying, or flaking. This means that your patient can remain as comfortable as possible when Lubricating Jelly is used.

At HR Pharmaceuticals, we have been a global leader in medical lubricants for more than 80 years. Our ingredients and formulas make our lubricating jellies second to none in terms of patient safety and comfort. We have a variety of packaging options to make our lubricants convenient for the medical professional. Browse our entire product line and stock your practice today!

How HR Lubricating Jelly is a Superior Product

At HR Pharmaceuticals®, our mission is to consistently deliver superior product quality, extraordinary product performance, and innovative ideas and products for personal care, consumer, and medical supply products. A company cannot simply put in their mission statement that they want to provide superior and extraordinary products, deliver ordinary products, and be considered a success. For this reason, HR Pharmaceuticals backs it up with features and benefits that unequivocally define our products as superior to the alternatives. Take, for instance, our HR Lubricating Jelly, a premium universal medical lubricant. We have been perfecting our formula since its inception in 1925. When you purchase a tube of our lubricating jelly, you will get some amazing benefits. We’d like to take a minute to highlight some of them.

 

 

Kosher Certified

We are proud to offer a product that has been certified as Kosher by the Orthodox Union because this means that we can service patients and providers that adhere to the strict Kosher standards of quality and manufacturing. This means that providers and patients can confidently use our products without risking compromising their beliefs or delaying treatment.

 

Water Soluble

Creating water-soluble products means there is quick and easy cleanup, and that it won’t stain fabric surfaces that it comes into contact with. It also means that it will not seperate or challenge bodily fluids; rather, it will work with natural lubricating processes.

 

Sterile Bacteriostatic

Additional steps are taken in the manufacturing process to ensure the sterility of our lubricating jellies, knowing what our products are used for. Our products are also bacteriostatic, which means that you and your patients don’t have to worry about whether or not the lubricant used was a carrier of pathogens.

 

Premium Viscosity

The whole purpose of medical lubricant is to provide a slick surface, and maintaining viscosity is important. HR® Lubricating Jelly maintains its integrity better than any other medical lubricant, ensuring maximal patient comfort.

 

Dye, Latex, Paraben, Polyethylene Glycol, and Chlorhexidine Free

We seek to reduce the inclusion of any unnecessary chemicals in our products. Dyes and latex are unnecessary and only add the risk of allergies to our products. By eliminating them, we can help a broader range of patients. Parabens and Polyethylene Glycol are not necessarily unsafe, but can cause skin irritation and sensitivity in some people. To make our products safe for <i>all</i> people, we removed them. Additionally, unlike our SurgiLube Surgical Lubricant, we have removed the chlorhexidine in our HR Lubricating Jelly which kills micro-flora and sperm. HR Lubricating Jelly is safe to use in reproductive procedures. Additionally, we should mention, our products are also fragrance-, salt-, and alcohol-free.

 

Universal Lubricant

HR Lubricating Jelly is safe to use for any internal or topical procedure. This eliminates the need to stock different products and reduces staff confusion when selecting a product. Although we also produce surgical lubricant and ultrasound gel, HR Lubricating Jelly can be used for all of it. Our lubricating jelly is used for a wide variety of invasive medical procedures, transcutaneous nerve stimulation, and ultrasound. For any lubricant need, you only need to grab one tube, HR Lubricating Jelly.

 

For the superior medical lubricant, trust the number one manufacturer with more than 80 years of experience. HR Pharmaceuticals® takes pride in providing natural, American-made products for the medical community. In the 1020s, HR helped develop the Pap Smear and provided the right product for the procedure. Although the packaging and the formula has changed slightly over time, there has never been an FDA recall, and the values of the company remain the same. Trust the integrity of HR Lubricating Jelly for all of your lubricant needs. For more information about our products, visit us online or contact us today!

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