TJC Surveys Will Check for Compliance of FDA Powdered Gloves Ban

PUBLISHED: Feb 17, 2017

The Joint Commission has announced that it will now include in its surveys evaluation for compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent ban of powdered gloves (see StayAlert! Notices published on January 20, 2017 and December 16, 2016 for more information.).

According to TJC, citations will be listed under Leadership standard 04.01.01, element of performance 2 which requires organizations to provide care, treatment and services in according with licensure requirements, laws , rules and regulations.

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

Included with today’s notice in an example policy addressing powdered gloves.

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