FDA Considers Banning Powdered Surgical Gloves
Monday, March 21, 2016
On March 21, FDA announced a plan to ban the majority of powdered gloves in the United States stating “they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them.”
The move would apply to powdered surgeon’s gloves and examination gloves, which are regulated as Class I–medical devices.
One of the dangers of powdered gloves—at least in natural rubber latex gloves—is that the powder can become aerosolized and trigger allergic reactions.
Powdered synthetic gloves are also not without risk. While they do not have the same risk of causing allergic reactions, they can cause a number of other adverse events such as severe airway inflammation, wound inflammation, and post-surgical adhesions, according to FDA. “These side effects have been attributed to the use of glove powder with all types of gloves,” FDA explained in a statement.