Surgical gloves.

Publication Date

October 23, 2001

Patent Number

EP350147B1

Abstract

In accordance with the present invention, there is provided an elastomeric flexible article, such as a surgeon's glove,and its method of manufacture. A flexible elastomeric article has a wearer-contacting surface in which a lubricant composition has been applied so as to substantially improve the lubricity of the surface with respect to damp skin. 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, an amino-modified silicone, and an acetylenic diol. The method of manufacturing the elastomeric flexible article comprises the following steps. Coating the article surface with an acrylic-type resin which contains styrene. Curing the resin coating. Halogenating at least one surface of the article. Neutralizing the article surface. Treating the article surface with a lubricant composition. 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.

Surgical gloves.