TODAY’S PATENT – MEDICAL GLOVE AND METHOD
It is essential to lubricate the inner surfaces of skin-contacting rubber articles for facilitating the donning of articles. Medical glove is donned without the use of any additional lubricants like loose dusting powder. Glenn Francis Stockum received his patent for the invention, “Medical glove and method” (US407061A) on 31st January 1978.
The concept of “powderless” glove involves depositing granular material on the inner surface of the skin. This would reduce the frictional contact between the skin of the glove wearer and the glove layer, thus aiding the donning of the glove. However, this material which has deposited on the inner surface of the glove may be easily abraded from the surface and create the same problem as the loose powder. The objective of the invention is to provide an improved idea for a medical glove which may be easily donned without the use of an additional lubricant. It has a separate inner layer which is bonded to the outer layer where the particulate matter is embedded and randomly distributed throughout the inner layer. Further, this invention eliminates the need of using the powder and ensures that the surface will not be easily abraded.