Anti-Viral Surgical Gloves
Built around the dynamic protective barrier concept, the G-VIR® glove contains a disinfectant agent which diminishes the transmitted viral load in case of Blood Exposure Accident (BEA). Made of three distinct layers having synergetic properties, the glove, when pierced, allows the controlled release of disinfectant at the point of rupture.

Medical literature records that glove perforation rate can reach up to 162 out of 885 operations (18.3%). The detection of perforation during surgery was 28 out of 76 (36.84%) with single gloves, 77 out of 89 with the double-gloving system (86.52%), and 9 out of 27 with combination gloves (33.33%; P <0.001). The inner glove of the double-gloving system was punctured in 6 out of 88 outer glove perforations (6.82%). In view of the critical importance of safety at work by having a sterile barrier between surgeon and patient, it is very important to use a double-gloving puncture indication system, at least in operations where there is a high risk of glove perforation. G-vir is a disinfectant containing glove and reduces the transmitted viral load in the event of a blood exposure incident. This product is from France.
The concept is based on a composite, triple-layer structure:
Two mechanical layers in contact with the skin of the patient and that of the healthcare worker, completely impermeable to the smallest particles (including viruses).

An inner "biological" layer encased between the mechanical layers containing a mixture of biguanide and quaternary ammoniums that greatly diminishes the transmitted viral load (and thus the resulting probability of contamination) when the integrity of the material is compromised (e.g. microperforations Or accidental needle-sticks and lacertions).
Scientific Reference:
Standardization of needlestick injury and evaluation of a novel virus-inhibiting protective glove.


Journal of Hospital Infection, 01 August 2007, vol./is. 66/4(339-345), 01956701


Krikorian R,Lozach-Perlant A,Ferrier-Rembert A,Hoerner P,Sonntag P,Garin D,Crance J


Rubber surgical gloves worn as a barrier to prevent contamination from body fluids offer relative protection against contamination through direct percutaneous injuries involving needles, scalpel blades or bone fragments. To determine the main experimental parameters influencing the volume of blood transmitted by a hollow-bore needle (worst case scenario) during an accidental puncture, we designed an automatic puncture apparatus. Herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV1), a model for enveloped viruses, was used as a 'marker' in an in-vitro gelatine model. Of the experimental parameters studied, the most critical influences were found to be needle diameter and puncture depth, whereas puncture speed, puncture angle and glove-stretching feature appeared to be less influential. A single glove reduced the volume of blood transferred by 52% compared with no glove, but double gloving offered no additional protection against hollow-bore needle punctures. Using 'standardized' puncture conditions, the virus-inhibiting surgical glove G-VIR((R)) elicited an 81% reduction in the amount of HSV1 transmitted as compared with single or double latex glove systems. Copyright © 2007 The Hospital Infection Society

81% reduction in amount of HSV1 transmitted as compared with single or double latex glove systems

Additional references:

  • Virus-Inhibiting Surgical Glove to Reduce the Risk of Infection by Enveloped Viruses; Fernand Bricout et al; Journal of Medical Virology, 69: 538-545 (2003)
  • Standardisation of needlestick unjury and evaluation of a novel virus-inhibiting protective glove; Journal of Hospital Infection, 66, 339-345  (Aug 2007)
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