Isolex is Medline’s proprietary formulation of polyisoprene, a raw material used to manufacture latex-free surgical gloves. Even as the industry is transitioning away from latex, clinicians still require a glove that has the soft, comfortable fit and feel of latex, but without the danger of a type I allergic reaction. Polyisoprene is the ideal solution for bridging the gap between safety and performance in a surgical glove.
With a molecular structure virtually identical to natural rubber latex, polyisoprene is the perfect alternative to latex. Users benefit from a soft and comfortable fit and feel, great tactile sensitivity and excellent durability and strength, all without the risks associated with latex. Type I latex allergies can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening, reactions, but users and patients don’t have to worry about this when using synthetic gloves. An additional benefit of polyisoprene is even better batch-to-batch consistency when compared to latex, which helps minimise product variations and improve quality and safety.