Ansell,Red Bank, NJ, has introduced the GAMMEX® powder-free glovewith AMT antimicrobial technology. The antimicrobial coating givesorthodontists an additional level of protection against viruses andbacteria in the event of a breach during procedures.

In vitro laboratory testing showed that the antimicrobial coating killedmore than 99% of hepatitis C1 and 99% of HIV-1 (strain Mn) within 60seconds of exposure through a simulated glove breach. According to thecompany, the glove also kills 99.7% to 99.999% of eight commoninfectious bacteria, including gram-positive, gram-negative, anddrug-resistant bacteria.

The inner coating contains chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), anantimicrobial agent commonly found in products such as antiseptics andmouthwash.

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