Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Law enforcement and emergency medical services agencies have become increasingly concerned about potential exposures while responding to medical calls, crime scenes, or during drug raids. As overdose victims may vomit, it is important that first responders not only ensure that their gloves protect against fentanyl, but also against gastric acid. Hand protection that is dark in color can also improve safety by making it easy to see if hands have touched potentially hazardous powders.
That’s why Ansell is introducing the MICROFLEX® MidKnight ™ XTRA, a nitrile exam glove that has been tested against both fentanyl and gastric acid to simulate real-world overdose situations. The glove features an extended cuff for added coverage of the wrist and forearm and has a distinctive black color that allows wearers to easily see potentially hazardous powders on hands.
MICROFLEX MidKnight XTRA’s soft, flexible nitrile formulation ensures optimal worker comfort, and it is fully textured for a secure and consistent grip. It is suitable for first responders as well as a range of workers who may come into contact with fentanyl or its analogues during the course of their work, including corrections officers, healthcare professionals, laboratory technicians, and janitorial staff.