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Are powdered gloves bad?Why banned?

In 1889, William Halsted, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, asked a car tire company to make a pair of rubber gloves after noticing that his head nurse's hands and arms were suffering from inflammation caused by an allergy to disinfectant.
Dr. William Stewart Halstead And His Nurse
In the late 19th century, manufacturers solved the problem of gloves being difficult to slip on and off by adding talcum powder or lycopodium spores to glove machines, but both powders can cause postoperative infections.

In 1947, food-grade corn, which is easily absorbed by the human body, replaced talcum powder and lycopene powder, which is still used today.

In March 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice recommending a nationwide ban on powdered gloves. Before that, powder gloves from Europe and the United States accounted for about 50 percent of the market.

Three reasons for using powders in glove:

  • 1. Easy to wear gloves,
  • 2. Avoid the adhesion of gloves.
  • 3. Release agent.


Powdered gloves are discouraged for several reasons:

. Exposure risk of patients

Clinical reports, case studies, and further experiments continue to report adverse reactions from glove powder, including inflammatory reactions, granulomatous formation, granulomatous peritonitis, adhesions, allergic reactions, causing wound infection, and delayed wound healing...All this leads to longer hospital stays and higher medical costs. When glove powder is used during surgery, it can promote excessive scar tissue, triggering inflammatory reactions in the eyes, pericardium, peritoneum, pleura, and other areas. The longer the body is exposed to glove powder, the greater the chance of complications.
In addition to surgical complications associated with gloves, several other reports have suggested that glove powder can cause epidural catheter infection leading to neurological complications and be a potential cause of catheter obstruction.
powdered gloves

. Exposure risk of medical staff

  • 1. Easy to cause respiratory inflammation or allergy. When wearing or removing gloves, the gloves become coated with allergen or protein powder, which can cause an allergic reaction or inflammation of the airways when inhaled.
  • 2. Dermatitis may occur. Wear powder gloves for a long time, the powder in the gloves will absorb skin moisture, easy to cause eczema and itching symptoms, and then produce contact dermatitis reaction, repeated stimulation effect makes the cell permeability of the epidermis of the hand increase, barrier protection failure, and then produce contact dermatitis reaction.
  • 3. It can cause wound infection. Powdered gloves can not only act as an allergen but also act as a carrier in the transmission of pathogens, which in a sense increases the risk of inflammatory reaction or infection in surgical wounds.

Therefore, with the continuous improvement of people's awareness of "health, hygiene, and safety", powder gloves will eventually be replaced by powder-free gloves.

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