REMINDER - FDA Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves is Now Effective

PUBLISHED: Jan 20, 2017

StayAlert! is reminding readers that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s ban of powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove is now effective.

All health care facilities should now have transitioned to non-powered alternatives.

According to the FDA, the use of powder on medical gloves presents numerous risks to patients and health care workers. These devices are associated with an extensive list of potentially serious adverse events such as:

  • Severe airway inflammation,
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Allergic reactions (including asthma)
  • Lung inflammation and damage
  • Post-surgical adhesions

All of the above adverse events have been attributed to the use of glove powder with all types of gloves. In addition, aerosolized glove powder can carry proteins that may cause respiratory allergic reactions.

The FDA only bans devices on rare occasions when necessary to protect the health of the public.

StayAlert! informed readers about this ban last month but is reissuing this reminder, along with an example policy, to ensure that facilities have removed all banned gloved from circulation.

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