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The Role of Disposable Gloves for First Responders

The Role of Disposable Gloves for First Responders

Ever wondered what it’s like to be the first person to arrive on the scene of an emergency? The job of a first responder is to undertake a wide range of tasks to ensure the best possible outcomes for a variety of emergencies. Their role is to respond and aid in emergency situations. First responders can be employed as firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs, or any other specialty position that provides a similar service. They may perform different tasks but generally have one goal in mind, and that’s to help those in need. To properly execute what they need to do, first responders rely on appropriate PPE, which includes the right kind of disposable gloves. The 1st Choice brand and its wide range of medical nitrile gloves are a great choice for those who serve and protect. Read below to see some of the many reasons why 1st Choice is the best possible partner a first responder can ask for.

For Overdose Victims

If you’ve stumbled upon Rue’s overdose episode in HBO’s Euphoria, you might have a clue what it’s like for first responders to come across an overdose victim. That said, the reality is far bleaker and messier than how it’s romanticized on TV. Police and EMTs, forensic lab technicians, TSA personnel, and anyone else in the field of emergency management are at an increased risk for drug interaction. First responders often find fentanyl overdose victims who have vomited, and the drug remains dangerous even when mixed with bodily fluids. Thus, it isn’t as simple as avoiding fentanyl in its powdered form, which makes it super important to use the right personal protective equipment for the job. 1st Choice blue nitrile exam gloves provide tested barrier protection from fentanyl (citrate) as well as many chemotherapy agents, while also being latex- and powder-free, making them the preferred choice for first responders.

For First Aid

First responders have been medically trained to provide advanced first aid services such as bandaging a wound, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) usage to name a few. Administering first aid treatment usually involves direct contact with bodily fluids, so it’s important to wear protective gear such as disposable gloves to eliminate the risk of disease transmission. Whether cleaning minor cuts and scrapes or stopping open wounds from bleeding, the use of nitrile exam gloves are crucial in making sure that open skin areas aren’t further contaminated by foreign particles such as dirt, dust, or even sweat from another person. After all, sweat glands are usually on overdrive during emergency situations due to an increase in body heat. For reliable protection while administering first aid, choose 1st Choice nitrile exam gloves. They’re exam grade which means the glove material is less likely to get infiltrated by contaminants and impurities, making it safe for everyone on field.

For Crime Scenes

The first responder is the first person to arrive at a crime scene. First responders often appreciate the importance of preventing and controlling any changes in any crime scene. The role is to identify the scope of a crime scene to establish it's scale. When arriving on the scene, the first responder must identify the extent of what was affected since this will pave way for the collection of evidence. If the crime only happened in a single room, then the scope of the crime scene would be the room itself. Similarly, if a system of networked computers were involved, then the crime scene could extend to a much larger scale. Once the crime scene has been identified, the first responder must build a perimeter to protect it. That’s where 1st Choice blue nitrile exam gloves come in handy, they help to further avoid contaminated evidence. They offer more resistance to chemicals, contaminants, and pathogens than comparable vinyl and latex, allowing first responders to safely handle pieces of evidence without the worry of defiling a crime scene.

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