Elastomeric covering material and hand glove made therewith
January 17, 1978
Natural or synthetic rubber surgical elements such as tubing, catheters, drains and gloves are \"lubricated\" so as to prevent sticking during storage, and permit easier emplacement, such as putting on the gloves by a surgeon or nurse, by applying to the surface of the rubber element PA1 A finely divided biodegradable powder consisting essentially of PA1 An enzymatically degradable form of poly(N-acetyl-D-glucosamine) selected from the group consisting of PA2 Poly[N-acetyl-6-O-(carboxymethyl)-D-glucosamine], PA2 Poly[N-acetyl-6-O-(2'-hydroxyethyl)-D-glucosamine], PA2 Poly[N-acetyl-6-O-(ethyl)-D-glucosamine], and PA2 Poly(N-acetyl-D-glucosamine) itself PAL This powder is readily absorbed by living tissue without deleterious tissue reaction, thus minimizing tissue reaction from the transfer of the powder from the element such as a glove to internal sites in a subject. The gloves may be packaged in a strippable laminate package. The polymers are derived from chitin.