AMG Antimicrobial Gloves:
A Novel Enhancement To Conventional Medical Gloves
Contrary to conventional medical gloves that serve only as a passive barrier between microbes and your hands, AMG antimicrobial gloves can play a pivotal role to reduce cross-contamination and microbial
transmission by using its microbe-killing mechanism.
The AMG antimicrobial glove is designed to kill microbes on the outer glove surface rapidly upon contact. Its key ingredient, a photosensitiser, is incorporated on the outer glove surface. Upon exposure to light, the photosensitiser reacts with oxygen in the immediate vicinity to generate singlet oxygen. This singlet oxygen is highly reactive and rapidly oxidises multiple structures of a microbial cell (including lipids and proteins), thus leading to the death of microbes.
Ultimately, AMG antimicrobial glove minimises the risk of microbial transmission from an infection source to a susceptible patient.
The Benefits of AMG
Kill Microbes Rapidly
Based on ASTM D7907 Standard Test Methods for Determination of Bactericidal Efficacy on the Surface of Medical Examination Gloves, the AMG antimicrobial glove is effective in killing superbugs like MRSA and VRE.
Test data has shown that AMG antimicrobial gloves can kill up to 99.999% of selected microbes, such as Staphylococcus aureus, in just 5 minutes. Further testing was conducted at a shorter contact time with the kill rate recorded at 99.989% in 1 minute and 99.998% in 2 minutes.
AMG antimicrobial glove is the world’s first non-leaching antimicrobial examination glove. The photosensitiser has been tested for non-migration with the following medium:
Hot water (50°C for up to 72 hours)
All extracts were analysed at Intertek using validated analytical techniques to detect the presence of the photosensitiser. Results concluded that the photosensitiser could not be detected in any of the extracts from neither the inner nor the outer glove surface. Although the photosensitiser is proven safe to use, AMG antimicrobial glove has been designed to ensure further that it does not leach and transfer onto patients.
Low Risk of Developing Microbial Resistance
Singlet oxygen technology has been assessed as low risk in regards to developing microbial resistance. This is attributed to the non-specific nature of the glove’s microbe-killing mechanism.
Generally, oxidative antimicrobials, such as singlet oxygen used in AMG technology, has been viewed as having a low potential for microbes developing resistance by the EU Scientific Committee.
AMG antimicrobial glove is suitable for different applications as it has been tested safe for use against various contacts such as skin and oral. Some of these tests confirm that the AMG antimicrobial glove is:
It does not cause primary skin irritations like redness (erythema) or slight swelling (oedema).
It does not contain any substance that will induce a skin allergy.
No toxic effects occur following oral administration.
It does not display a destructive action on cells.
Non-sensitising & low dermatitis potential
The Modified Draize-95 Test proves that it does not cause an allergic skin reaction.
Uncompromised Glove Properties
Apart from medical settings, AMG antimicrobial glove has been proven safe for use in different applications and industries. Its safety and effectiveness are proven to ensure it befits its intended use.
Tested for impermeability and glove strength, AMG antimicrobial glove is effective in preventing contamination between patient and healthcare practitioner, as well as for handling various chemotherapy drugs. All tests conducted are in accordance with recognised international standards such as ASTM D6319, EN 455 and ISO 11193 part 1.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The glove has been tested to protect users from substances and mixtures that are hazardous to health, and harmful biological agents that may cause very serious consequences or damage to health.
The glove has been tested safe for food contact according to the standards of U.S. FDA 21 CFR 177.2600, BfR XXI German Recommendation and Japan Food Sanitation on various types of simulants representing different types of food that are acidic, alcoholic and fatty in content. Some countries may require further registration with biocidal agencies such as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).