April 2014

Driving innovations in Medical Gloves

In conversation with Ranju Kumar Mohan, Director, JK Ansell, Rachita Jha explores the latest technology and products introduced by the global leader in protection solutions for medical community especially surgeons in India.

Tell us about the journey of the company in India so far?

We have long been a part of the growth story of medical safety and quality in protection products such as gloves in India. Gloves as a protection gear for medical professionals has been long ignored by many hospitals, however it has always been seen as a valued investment by surgeons. The value of premium high- end glove products is that it enables the surgeons to do their job better that a glove that fits perfectly, provides optimum tactile sensation, comfort and safeguards from infection. Our premium brands in medical gloves in India, namely GAMMEX and ENCORE have had their presence across the country for more than a decade. Our aim has been to introduce the latest technology under these brands to the industry. We began the journey of power-free gloves movement in this country and took the awareness revolution on the disadvantages and side-effects of powered gloves across hospitals. Exposure to starch used in powered gloves can lead to a number of undesirable reactions such as allergy systems. We are constantly on the innovation wheel to bring-in new products and exceptional features.

Please some of the key innovation in medial glove products pioneered by your company?

Breaking the rules of one fits all, we have introduced glove products designed for each speciality field that the surgeon has expertise in. Under ENCORE we have a specialised glove designed for orthopedic surgery. The latex powder-free, epoxy brown, extra thick surgical glove offers increased protection during surgery. The textured surface delivers outstanding wet and dry grip to the surgeon and the brown colour reduces light reflection. Another field of micro surgery needs very fine glove with tactile sensitivity so that each movement is felt by the surgeon as normally gloves can be very thick and you may not get perfect surgery and consequence can be drastic. Hence a speciality approach has been applied to micro-surgery as well in which we offer gloves that has been tested for viral penetration, has polyurethane inner coating, high tactile sensitivity for secure grip and superior barrier protection for the surgeon. The same is offered to various other specialties as well, and based on the different working conditions for the surgeon.

Tell us more about the latest under glove product launched by the company in India?

Puncturing of gloves during surgical procedures has been found to occur at rates of 11 percent to 43 percent worldwide. WHO recommends double gloving in countries with a high prevalence of HBV, HCV and HIV for long surgical procedures that has contact with large volume of blood or body fluid. The double colored gloves make the perforations easier to identify and significantly reduce perforation risk, in addition the innovative new Hydrasoft technology is designed to retain moisture and rehydrate skin despite continual glove wearing.

Please share your outlook on India as a growth market for medical and surgical gloves in the next financial year?

Globally, India is gaining popularity in terms of medical tourism and in many cities and leading hospitals across the country and are catering to medical needs of international patient community. The quality standards in processes and procedures have become priority for majority of the private hospitals.

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