Gloves are worn in first aid emergencies for two important reasons:
Any first aid first responder, especially those dealing with strangers, should use medical or first aid gloves. Ideally, gloves should provide a balance between practicality, comfort, strength, flexibility and sensitivity.
Gloves should be well contoured and fit to your hand. Do not assume that one size fits all. Gloves that are too big and loose will hinder first aid, while small gloves can hinder the circulation of first aid givers.
First aid gloves can have smooth or textured fingertips.
Glove dispensers and disposers
If you are building a first aid station, you may want to include a glove dispenser and a glove disposal unit.
Glove disposal units should have a lid with a step-on opener.
First aid glove materials
Gloves are commonly made of latex, but some people have an allergic reaction to this or find latex otherwise uncomfortable.
Other non-allergenic materials used to make gloves are:
Gloves of any material may react if they come into contact with certain chemical agents such as paint thinner.
Be sure to keep a fresh pair of vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves in your first aid kits. Never use used gloves in a first aid situation. After any first aid treatment, dispose of your latex, nitrile or vinyl gloves properly.