Healthcare FAQs

Why are GIPskins classed as Personal Protective Equipment

Anything that has been highlighted as a ‘risk’ & protects a worker from that ‘risk’ i.e. injuries or infections - is classed as Personal Protective Equipment under the Health & Safety Act 1974.

How will GIPskins protect me from infections?

Currently disposable gloves only protect up to the wrist, leaving the arm vulnerable to infections from skin to skin contact.

When delivering personal care bodily fluids such as faeces, urine, vomit and blood frequently make contact with the skin above the wrist placing service providers at risk of catching infections - GIPskins will protect your arms from this risk. Therefore, improving infection control and reducing opportunities of cross-contamination within the environment.

What does antimicrobial mean?

GIPskins are antimicrobial - Definition: Antimicrobial fabrics and textiles are fibre-based substrates to which antimicrobial agents have been applied at the surface, or incorporated into the fibres, rendering a product that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms.

Can I wear my GIPskins all day without taking it off?

Technically yes (in non-infection controlled environments)- But, we do not recommend this.

When in ‘infection controlled’ environments GIPskins should only be used when needed & thoroughly cleaned between patients / clients / service users.  

I sometimes double up on my disposable gloves – can I still do this when wearing my GIPskins?

Yes, you may choose to wear one under and one over your GIPskins for extra protection.

Can I bath my client / patient / service user, whilst wearing my GIPskins?

Yes! GIPskins were designed with this in mind. Please ensure your clean and dry thoroughly ideally with paper towels before putting them back in their pouch.

Are the GIPskins sold in pairs?  

Yes, complete with an attachable waterproof bag.

Do GIPskins contain Latex? 

GIPskins are 100% free of Latex! 

Can blood stain my GIPskins?

GIPskins are blood and stain resistant.

Are GIPskins a throw away arm protector?

GIPskins are reusable & Guaranteed for 6 months.

Can GIPskins protect me from bites or scratches?

GIPskins are scratch & tear resistant, preventing and /or reducing injuries – however GIPskins are not needle proof.

Can bleach ruin my GIPskins?

GIPskins are bleach friendly.

Do GIPskins meet the requirements of Infection Control?

The Dartex® material used in GIPskins is already trusted within the NHS. Please refer to “Caring for your GIPskins “on our website.

Can GIPskins be washed? 

Yes, please follow cleaning guide.

Can they be tumbled dried?

No. Allow your GIPskins to air dry.

What colours do they come in? 

2 flesh colours - beige or brown.

How can I ensure the correct fitting?

 Measure the circumference of the thickest part of your bicep and see our size guide.

My GIPskins are loose on my forearm, is the normal?

GIPskins may be loose on the forearm this is normal. 

Are they comfortable to wear? 

GIPskins are ergonomically designed to be comfortable and are a breathable product.

Note: If the wearer has a skin condition which is sensitive. They may want to cover this before putting on the GIPskins.

Do they protect the hand as well?  

GIPskins provides protection to the back of the hand.

Will I look intimidating while wearing GIPskins?

GIPskins are designed to be aesthetically non-threatening hence being sold in 2 flesh colours.

Are GIPskins fire retardant?

GIPskins are heat resistant

What is the shipping / delivery cost? 

This is dependent on destination and parcel size. We will confirm this prior to accepting your order. Please refer to Terms & Conditions.

What are the delivery times? 

1-4 weeks on average. We will always notify you of your delivery date before accepting your order.

What is your returns policy?

Please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ at the bottom of our website.

Do GIPskins have a warranty?

We guarantee your GIPskins for 6 months from the date of purchase.

Can I talk to someone about GIPskins?

YES, we would like to hear from you! 0800 193 4373