When the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust saw a number of workers from the medical records department with symptoms of Upper Limb Disorders (ULDs), TraffiGlove stepped in to provide grip-gloves.
Following discussion of their requirements, TraffiGlove provided samples of two types of glove (TG170 Control and TG135 Tough) which were used by medical records workers who regularly handled large volumes of patient notes.
TG170 Control is a close-fitting, flexible Cut Level 1 glove with a high tech Aerotek™ coating which provides excellent grip in wet, dry and oily conditions. Meanwhile, TG135 Tough is a comfortable, lightweight Cut Level 1 glove with a generous cuff length and Level 2 Puncture Resistance; it can be used in wet and dry conditions thanks to the moisture resistant Nitrile coating to the palm and fingers.
The purpose of the grip-glove trial was to see if the use of grip-gloves would reduce the symptoms and incidence of ULDs amongst the staff.
ULDs are conditions which affect:
- Muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Nerves or other soft tissues
- Joints in the upper limbs (neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers)
After 3 months of trialing the gloves, each worker was seen again to re-assess their current symptoms and give a General Satisfaction Score for wearing the gloves compared to not using them. Symptoms of the glove group had decreased by an average of 45% compared to an increase in symptoms of 11% in the non-glove group. Additionally, all workers in the glove group gave a General Satisfaction Score of 8/10 or more, with an overall average of 9/10.
The use of TraffiGlove grip-gloves demonstrated a significant benefit to users in the reduction of symptoms of ULD. As well as achieving the desired results, the high user satisfaction rating suggested workers would be happy to wear the gloves provided.
All participants of the glove group wanted to carry on using them, giving comments such as, “They’re brilliant; amazing”, “I absolutely love them; I wouldn’t want to do my job without them.” One even said they had boosted her morale and made her work faster!
Michael Watkins, Occupational Health Nurse Advisor, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust