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Ansell to introduce Micro-Touch® examination gloves to dental professionals at IDS 2011

Because every dental professional deserves optimal protection

Brussels, 3 March 2011 - Ansell Healthcare, a global leader in providing superior protection solutions for healthcare professionals, will showcase its latest innovations on the 34th International Dental Show in Cologne from 22 till 26th of March (Stand: G 018, Hall 2.2 7). As an expert in hand protection Ansell is promoting infection control and hand hygiene in dental practices through the appropriate use of gloves. At IDS, Ansell will introduce the comprehensive Micro-Touch® gloves range including a selection of versatile and innovative products covering all type of dental examinations. Another focus on IDS will be on Ansell’s surgical gloves range Encore®.

Infection risks in dental environments

Dental professionals are very much aware of the importance of preventing themselves and their patients of being infected during examinations or surgery. Dental surgery teams and patients may be exposed to a wide variety of microorganisms that are transmitted by blood, saliva, respiratory secretions or from the skin.
A report published in 2009 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) identified hands as the most common means of care-associated infection (HCAI) transmission. Adhering to proper hand hygiene procedures, selecting appropriate hand hygiene products, and the use of gloves are considered as important for patient protection. The Council of European Dentists shares this approach and quotes in its Manual of Dental Practice (2009) EU/EEA efforts to protect dental workers and patients from cross-infection through the increasing use of one-time only disposable gloves.

Gloves designed to protect

The Ansell Micro-Touch® range of examination gloves includes solutions specifically designed for different medical and dental applications. On IDS 2011, main focus will be on following examination products:

Micro-Touch® Coated

By ensuring easy and fast donning, the Micro-Touch® Coated gloves are ideal for users who must switch gloves often and quickly. With a low allergenic profile, Micro-Touch® Coated is the practical choice for dental professionals who want to establish or maintain a powder-free environment.

Micro-Touch® Hydracare®

A powder-free, latex examination glove containing an interior moisturiser that restores skin hydration and elasticity. In addition, dental workers and patients alike appreciate the glove’s pleasant scent. Along with low allergenicity, Micro-Touch® HydraCare® also offers high-quality protection, comfort and ease of use.

Micro-Touch® Premium

Providing unbeatable protection, Micro-Touch® Premium is manufactured to the strictest quality specifications, ensuring that every glove meets or exceeds EN 455 norms. The product also carries the widely trusted Kitemark® quality label. Add to this unsurpassed comfort, second-skin sensitivity and low allergenicity.

Micro-Touch® Nitrile Accelerator-Free

Made of 100% nitrile, this glove contains no latex and is powder-free. Moreover, as the first accelerator-free nitrile glove in the Micro-Touch® range, it also significantly minimises the risk of Type IV allergies. Micro-Touch® Nitrile Accelerator-Free gloves provide an effective barrier protection against punctures and a wide range of chemicals.

Micro-Touch® Nitra-Tex® and Micro-Touch® Nitra-Tex® E.P.™

Today, healthcare workers are highly aware of the risk of Type I allergies resulting from exposure to latex. Made of 100% nitrile, Ansell’s Micro-Touch® Nitra-Tex® gloves are latex- and powder-free. They provide exceptionally effective protection against punctures and a wide range of chemicals. The longer version, Micro-Touch® Nitra-Tex® E.P.™, has an even larger protective surface area.

Encore® surgical gloves reducing hand fatigue

Featuring unparalleled flexibility and comfort, Encore® gloves are specially shaped on anatomic curved formers to follow the hand's natural curves. Their shape reduces hand fatigue and stress, offering a more secure fit without bagginess. Beaded cuffs feature Ansell's SureFit Technology™ which prevents cuff roll-down and protects the integrity of the sterile field, providing dental surgeons, nurses and other healthcare professionals with superior protection during operating room procedures.
Special features ensure easy donning, and better grip and instrument handling. In addition, the manufacturing process guarantees low allergenicity.

Kitemark is a registered owner of British Standards Insitution.

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About Ansell

Ansell is a world leader in providing superior health and safety protection solutions that enhance human well being. With operations in North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia, Ansell employs more than 10,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell operates in four main business segments: Medical Solutions, Industrial Solutions, New Verticals and Sexual Health & Well Being.
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