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FDA bans the use of powdered surgical gloves


The FDA has recently released an official ban on powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient examination gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon’s glove. Many providers have already transitioned to powderless gloves. Powdered gloves are associated with asthma, lung inflammation and surgical adhesions. It is important to note, these products not only pose risks to patients, but providers as well. The rule, published on December 19, 2016, is available in the link below.

Learn More – Primary Sources:

Federal Register: Banned Devices; Powdered Surgeon’s Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves, and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon’s Glove