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The hazards of surgical glove powder

We don’t use powder in our gloves – as it presents numerous risks to patients and healthcare workers, including post-operative complications, latex allergies and respiratory complications  .

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Ann-Louise, Health care professional's hands.
Ann-Louise, Health care professional's hands.

Did you know that powder from some surgical gloves creates a health hazard for you, your patients and staff? The many published facts about glove corn-starch powder – and how it induces adhesion formation that causes wound infections – have caused a shift away from powdered gloves. Latex proteins binding with glove powder is another documented risk – especially when it becomes airborne as gloves are removed from the package, donned, or removed from the hands. These airborne latex proteins can be life-threatening to latex-sensitive patients and staff at risk of an allergic reaction .

You can stay informed and up-to-date with this 20 minute e-learning:

  • a review of the recent proposed FDA ban on powdered surgical gloves
  • a discussion of how powder is transferred throughout a hospital
  • an overview of risks and economic implications associated with powdered gloves

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