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Sunday, January 22, 2017

FDA Bans Powdered Medical Gloves.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is completely banning the use of all powdered gloves in exam and operating rooms, banned are powdered surgeon’s gloves, powdered patient exam gloves, and absorbable powder for lubricating surgical gloves. Powdered gloves are medical gloves that contain cornstarch to lubricate the gloves and make them easier to put on your hands. The FDA says the cornstarch can be extremely dangerous for the well-being not only of patients but also the wearer and other bystanders. Possible dangers include:1) Severe airway inflammation from inhaling the powder. 2) Wound inflammation from contact with the powder. 3)Post-surgical adhesion's from contact with the powder. 4)respiratory allergic reactions from breathing powder that carries proteins from natural latex gloves. Cornstarch powder was introduced to medical gloves in 1947 after the previously used talcum powder was recognized to cause postoperative adhesions and granuloma formation, according to the FDA. The modified cornstarch powder still came with its own share of problems.