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Ansell Addresses Concerns of Latex Allergies and Hypersensitivity in Hospitals

Gammex®PF DermaPrene®: The Surgical Glove Solution for Allergy Prevention

(BE) & Tamworth (UK), 25 January 2009 - Ansell Healthcare, the global leader in barrier protective solutions, introduces Gammex® PF DermaPrene® powder-free surgical glove as the safest solution for individual allergic reactions on the UK market. Free of latex proteins and accelerators, the Gammex® PF DermaPrene® glove is ideal for preventing Type I (Latex allergy) and minimising the risk of Type IV (Chemical allergy) allergies for healthcare professionals and patients. Part of the Ansell Gammex® range, Gammex® PF DermaPrene® offers outstanding comfort and excellent pinhole and tear resistance, maintaining an established reputation for high sensitivity and excellent grip in both wet and dry conditions.

For healthcare workers sensitive to Type I and/or Type IV allergies

Today surgeons, OR nurses and surgical technicians are highly conscious of the allergic risks linked to natural or synthetic rubber latex gloves, among them Type IV allergies. Clinical evidence[1] shows they represent up to 28% of glove-related allergic reactions, with up to 90% of these Type IV allergies due to vulcanisation accelerators. Accelerators - such as carbamates, thiurams and mercaptobenzo-thiazoles - are traditionally used to accelerate the linkage of rubber molecules in natural or synthetic rubber. Although many gloves on the market aim at minimising residual accelerators, it is impossible to define an acceptable level for these components because all allergic reactions are based on individual sensitivity. In addition to being free of latex proteins (preventing Type I allergies), Gammex® PF DermaPrene® is accelerator-free.

Latex-like comfort and ease-of-use

Gammex® PF DermaPrene® is constructed from a unique blend of neoprenes to provide outstanding flexibility and stretch levels in use. Fabricated using a special former, the glove has a curved fit and a greater width across the hand. This reduces pressure on overworked areas such as the thumb ball and palm, confirmed through tests covering 10 key pressure points. The result is much higher comfort for the wearer, especially valuable during lengthy operative procedures. An extra-length cuff with an adhesive band provides improved grip on the sleeve and prevents roll-down for a secure fit. Moreover, the film thickness is carefully controlled to ensure optimum sensitivity.

[1] Source: Dr A Heese, University of Erlangen, 1989-1992.

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Gammex® and DermaPrene® a trademarks of Ansell Ltd.

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About Ansell:

Ansell Limited is a global leader in barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Ansell employs more than 11, 000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying condoms and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell and its products can be found at

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