Finessis® Aegis is the new generation of surgical glove, designed with a disinfectant core. The mechanism of disinfection is specific, delivers in the event of glove breach. The following segments will explain the mechanism of the disinfection system and the performance tested under simulated glove puncture.
THE DISINFECTION MECHANISM OF FINESSIS AEGIS®
A standard surgical team comprises of at least 4 -5 personnel, including an operating surgeon, scrub nurse, circulating nurse and technician. It is a challenging compact area to work intimately together, and not to disregard the instruments and sharps that are present together in the vicinity. Personnel is susceptible for injuries in many ways when handling and working under this condition.
Percutaneous injuries involving a hollow borne needles remain commonly reported occupational exposures in the healthcare settings. Hollow-bore needles are at high risk as they can inoculate large volume of bloods despite the use of gloves. Health workers are at risk of infection with bloodborne viruses, which namely the fatal human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C and bacterial infections.
The design of Finessis Aegis® offers protection for two major infection routes:
1) Healthcare-acquired infection: with its designed disinfectant layer in the middle-layered, passage of pathogens from patient to operating surgeon is disrupted. In incident where the glove is breached by a needle puncture accident, the passage of pathogen interrupted by the disinfectant layer before reaches the surgeon’s skin. The mechanism of Aegis is targeted at the injured site and adequate amount of disinfectant is released to disinfect the puncturing object. The mechanism works in surface pressure which releases the disinfectant under high pressure force, this squirting effect is proven to be effectively disinfect in quick seconds.
2) Surgical site infection: in the case where the glove is breached or microperforated, the transfer pathogens and bacteria is disrupted with the disinfection action in the middle layer of the glove. The transmissible route is break when it reaches the disinfectant layer, and before it reaches the patient, the infection factor (pathogen) has been effectively minimized.