MINIMIZING TISSUE REACTION TO GLOVE POWDER
August 27, 2003
In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a flexible article, such as a surgeon's glove, displaying slip properties with respect to damp and dry mammalian tissue without use of powder lubricants. The article is comprised of a substrate layer having an elastomeric material, the layer having a wearer-contacting surface and a damp slip-conferring amount of a lubricant composition applied to the wearer-contacting surface. The lubricant composition is selected from the group consisting of a first composition and a second composition. The first composition comprises an acetylenic diol and at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an organo-modified silicone, an amino-modified silicone, and a cationic surfactant. The second composition comprises a cationic surfactant and at least one compound selected from the group consisting of an organo-modified silicone, an amino-modified silicone, and an acetylenic diol. The elastomer may be natural or synthetic, and is preferably selected from the group consisting of natural rubber, a polyurethane, neoprene, nitrile rubber, a styrenebutadiene-styrene block copolymer, a styrene-isoprene-styrene block copolymer and combinations thereof. The cationic surfactant is preferably 1-hexadecylpyridinium chloride monohydrate.