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It’s Final: FDA Bans Powdered Gloves in Surgery, Medicine

Action that’s been long overdue has finally been taken. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of powdered gloves in surgery and medicine. The ban will finally remove another danger a large number of humans face on an almost daily basis. To give you an idea as to how long overdue this ban was; many doctors and clinicians had already ceased the use of powdered gloves. The powder used in powdered gloves has been linked to “many potentially serious adverse events, including severe airway inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, allergic reactions (including asthma), lung inflammation and damage, granulomas, and peritoneal adhesions.” The FDA released a statement on the ban that read in part:

"While medical gloves play a significant role in protecting patients, healthcare providers, and other individuals in close proximity, powdered gloves are very dangerous for a variety of reasons…"

Despite the new ban on powdered gloves, there are alternatives to powdered gloves. According to the FDA, non-powdered gloves “provide similar protection, dexterity, and performance but without any of the risks associated with powdered gloves.”

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