Medline creates fentanyl-resistant gloves for emergency medical workers

As the number of fentanyl-related overdoses continue to rise, more emergency medical workers and law enforcement officers run the risk of overdosing due to secondhand exposure to the potent substance.

To help protect these first responders from fentanyl, which is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, the Northfield, Ill.-based medical supply manufacturer Medline developed fentanyl-resistant gloves.

"First responders are already stretched thin as they respond to the growing opioid epidemic," said Rhonda Baliff, post-acute care divisional sales manager for Medline. "The surging rate of opioid abuse and related deaths makes it even more critical to have tested and proven products available to support their own safety."

The critical care gloves are bright orange, exceed federal requirements for pinhole deficiencies and meet National Fire Protection Association standards. The gloves can resist fentanyl permeation for up to 240 minutes.

To learn more about the gloves, click here.

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