Ansell Healthcare Products Inc. Introduces New Ansell Latex-Free Surgical

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RED BANK, N.J. -- Ansell Healthcare Products Inc. introduces its new Ansell Performance polyisoprene (PI) surgical glove. The latex-free and powder-free glove features many of the benefits associated with natural rubber latex products, including superior barrier protection, and exceptional dexterity and sensitivity. It is intended for general-purpose use.

Polyisoprene is the material most similar to latex available in the glove

market today. Ansell Performance PI gloves offer the high level of puncture resistance, excellent elasticity, strength and durability associated with latex gloves, without the risks of latex allergies. The gloves also have a lightly textured finish for superior grip and

exceptional touch sensitivity, and are color-coded green to be easily


distinguished as latex-free.

The environmental impact of disposal is an important issue in the medical supply industry. Polyisoprene produces only water and carbon dioxide upon incineration, making it more environmentally friendly than most synthetics, including neoprene and vinyl, which release hydrochloric acid.

The Ansell Performance PI general-purpose surgical glove is the first offering in the company's new polyisoprene product line. They will be adding additional polyisoprene gloves to the line in the future, including a heavier, thicker glove for orthopedic surgery and a delicate, thinner glove for cardiothoracic and opthalmic diagnostic microsurgeries.

Ansell Healthcare Products Inc. is a global leader in healthcare barrier protective products.

Source: Ansell Healthcare Products Inc.