Designers Park Bomin, Jung Sumi, and Chu Yeunho have imagined a Red Dot Design award-winning concept for improving the common medical glove. The designers felt that the potential for reusing disposable medical gloves either accidentally or intentionally was so great that they wanted to create a way to ensure that used gloves could never be worn again.
The Safe Cut gloves consist of standard latex gloves with a large, red pull-tab on the palm. Much like a tamper-evident tab on a drug package, the pull-tab is designed to tear the latex after the user is finished with the gloves and render them unusable. Others will also be able to plainly see that the gloves have been used.
From the Red Dot Design Award:
Even though reusing surgical gloves is strictly prohibited, it happens frequently because of the difficulty of telling whether a pair of gloves has been used or not. Safe Cut Surgical Glove makes it obvious. A tab cuts through the latex when the gloves are removed. This will prevent both unintentional and intentional reuse of the gloves, and put patients’ minds at ease.
Red Dot Design Award page: Safe Cut Surgical Glove
More info from Yanko Design online magazine: Ultimate Disposal Of Gloves