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Ansell's new Gammex® PF HydraSoft®: innovative hydration qualities in best-of-breed surgical gloves

Brussels, June 28th, 2005
- Ansell Healthcare Europe, the global leader in hand protection solutions, announces its first surgical glove to integrate HydraSoft®, an innovative hydrating coating technology for surgical gloves. The company's best-selling powder-free latex glove, the Gammex® PF, has just been improved with moisturising agents specifically developed to help maintain the skin's natural barrier function and to help prevent the onset of contact dermatitis. The result is the Gammex® PF HydraSoft® surgical glove. With this new glove, Ansell confirms its leadership in bringing powder-free, low protein NRL surgical gloves to the healthcare community.

The Gammex® PF's polyurethane lining was enhanced by the addition of neutral, odourless ingredients designed to protect skin from drying, cracking and penetration by foreign substances. The new HydraSoft® coating contains a skin-friendly, humectant moisturiser (glycerine) combined with Dimethicone.

The enhanced lubrication provided by the HydraSoft® coating contributes to easier donning and rapid and trouble-free inter-operative changes. Results from user tests in Germany and Finland have established that Gammex® PF HydraSoft® gloves are noticeably easier to don and remove. Another improvement: Ansell has added an adhesive band at the top of the cuff to provide an even more secure and comfortable hold on gown sleeves.

Gammex® PF HydraSoft®'s forumulation yields an even more finely controlled chlorination process, resulting in a softer, more supple glove. This translates into high scores on "sensitivity" in customer testing, while ensuring consistent wet and dry grip. The previous Gammex® PF comfort features are maintained; these include the graduated thumb thickness and an optimally located thumb ball (to reduce resistance and hand fatigue when double donned) and thinner, shaped finger pads for improved finger sensitivity and precision of movement.

Composed of neutral, odourless ingredients in the gloves' inner lining, HydraSoft® Technology is designed to protect skin from drying, cracking and penetration by foreign substances. HydraSoft® contains a skin-friendly, humectant moisturiser combined with Dimethicone, which forms a protective barrier that blocks attacks from foreign substances and prevents the skin from drying out. HydraSoft®'s hydrating qualities even outlast glove use; laboratory tests have shown that after only one hour of wearing gloves with HydraSoft® Technology, most users' hands revealed an increase of 47% in retained moisture content 5 minutes after removal and of 98% after 30 minutes.

Ansell's range of powdered, powder-free and synthetic examination and surgical gloves provides appropriate barrier protection for all healthcare professionals. With Gammex® PF HydraSoft® gloves, Ansell offers surgeons and healthcare professionals an additional choice in the prevention of skin problems, contact dermatitis and allergies. Ansell will be announcing the introduction of HydraSoft® coating technology to other gloves in its medical range in the course of 2005 and 2006.


For more information:
Wouter Piepers, Global Communications Director, Tel: + 32 (0)2 528 75 68, Cell. +32 478 33 56 32, e-mail :

Copies of the Gammex® PF HydraSoft® brochure, results of the user testing and high-resolution, rights-free photographs may be downloaded directly from the Ansell Healthcare Internet site.

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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