About Finger Cots:
Finger cots are small, tube-like sheaths of material designed to cover the lower portion of the fingers securely. They usually start at the first knuckle and end between the first and second. They are made of various materials and can be used in medicine, industry, and a variety of other situations and applications. They are often called finger condoms.
A standard finger cot is made of latex, nitrile or vinyl. The majority of varieties are made to fit snugly and securely over a finger and are held in place by a thicker band of material at the base of the finger cot. Some more durable versions for non-medical applications are made of heavy-weight rubber and are intended to be used repeatedly.
Finger cots are most commonly used in medical practice to prevent infection. Although they do not provide the same level of protection as full-sized medical gloves, they are more than adequate for situations involving only minor patient contact. A doctor, for example, could use one to apply a topical antiseptic or another drug without making direct physical contact with a patient.
These devices can also be used to protect an injured finger. It can be difficult to keep finger wounds clean because hands come into contact with a wide range of surfaces throughout the course of a typical day. Bandages and other wound dressings don't stick to fingers very well, either, because the constant motion tends to pull them free. Finger cots are occasionally used to secure bandages or simply to protect a finger wound from the rigors of daily life.
This type of finger protection is useful in fields other than medicine. Anyone who comes into contact with sensitive electronic equipment should be concerned about contaminating it with human skin and oils. Static electricity can also accumulate on human hands, posing a risk to sensitive electronic equipment. Electronic devices require the use of specialized finger cots. They are made to be both long-lasting and resistant to static electricity buildup.
Office workers frequently use different types of finger cots. Prolonged handling of paper can cause the skin to dry out and become damaged. Many office workers and cashiers use one or more finger cots to help them sort through and handle paper. These long-lasting rubber sheathes protect fingertips from wear and paper cuts while also making it easier to grasp and move paper.