Powdered Gloves Ban
In case you missed it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2016 a ban on Powdered Surgeon’s Gloves, Powdered Patient Examination Gloves, and Absorbable Powder for Lubricating a Surgeon’s Glove. This final rule which was effective on January 18, 2017 states that these types of gloves “present an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury and that the risk cannot be corrected or eliminated by labeling or a change in labeling.” The FDA went on to state that after a careful risks/benefits analysis of powdered gloves and non-powdered glove alternatives, they determined that non-powdered gloves do not carry any of the risks associated with glove powder for both the health care worker and the patient.
With Spring approaching now would be a good time for all of our Community-based Care Providers to check Supply Closets to ensure that powdered gloves are no longer on shelves. Doing so ensures compliance with this ban and avoids the use of powdered gloves by your staff. Organizations can expected to be evaluated for adherence to this ban during the site visit.
More information is available through the Federal Register