Sempermed, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of hand protection, is pleased to announce that fentanyl permeation testing has been conducted SemperForce® Nitrile and it has passed. Color black.
Fentanyl is the most potent opioid available for medical treatments. It is utilized as a surgical anesthetic or a narcotic for chronic, severe cancer pain. It is a Class II “Incapacitating Agent” per the CDC and is 8000% more potent than morphine. However, recreational fentanyl is being illegally produced and sold as heroin.
Fentanyl can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin with effects ranging from disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or even cardiac arrest occurring within seconds of contact. The DEA has deemed fentanyl an “unprecedented threat” and this drug is a concern for accidental exposure within EMS, police, and emergency room environments. These risk factors emphasize the importance of offering gloves that have been tested for fentanyl permeation, particularly for the EMS, police and emergency room environments.