Top Clinical Reasons to Wear Powder-Free Gloves

Top Clinical Reasons to Wear Powder-Free Gloves

Exposure to powder from surgical gloves can cause unacceptable reactions to
patients and staff. Latex proteins can bind with glove powder and be aerosolized
when gloves are removed from the package, donned or removed from the hands.

These aerosolized latex proteins can remain in the air, on clothing as well as
surgical equipment for many hours after exposure to powdered gloves.

With this exposure, comes important clinical reasons to wear powder-free
surgical gloves.

1. Glove powder promotes development of adhesion and granuloma formation.

2. Glove powder increases risk for post-operative site infections.

3. Glove powder increases latex allergy sensitization potentially illiciting delayed
hypersensitivity reactions.

4. Glove powder increases health care workers risk for developing asthma.

5. Glove powder unbalances the natural pH of the skin producing an abrasive action
on the skin.

6. Glove powder causes erroneous interpretation of laboratory tests and x-ray images.

7. Glove powder compromises surgical instruments.

8. Glove powder is abrasive to the skin.

9. Glove powder increases time, costs and concern to the facility.

10. Glove powder ban currently under review from the FDA10,11,12,13

To find out more information, click here to view the Top Clinical Reasons to Wear Powder-Free Gloves clinical summary.

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