FDA proposes ban on powdered medical gloves
Posted on 20th January 2017 at 07:57
The U.S food and Drug administration announced on March, 2016. A ban for most powdered gloves in the United States. The reason for this action is for a substantial risk of illnes or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed. The ban is proposed to be applied to those used as "surgeon's glove" and examination gloves. The presence of the powder is for lubricating purposes to help make it easier for the professional to puth them on and take them off, however, can carry proteins that may cause respiratory allergic reactions.
Although powdered synthetic gloves do not present the risk of allergic reactions, these devices are associated with an extensive list of potentially serious adverse events, including severe airway inflammation, wound inflammation, and post-surgical adhesions, which are bands of fibrous scar tissue that form between internal organs and tissues. These side effects have been attributed to the use of glove powder with all types of gloves.
As these risks cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling, the FDA is moving forward with the proposal to ban these products, which – if finalized – would ultimately remove them from the marketplace completely.
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