The recent FDA announcement banning the use of powdered surgical and patient examination gloves in the United States, as well as the absorbable powder used to lubricate these gloves, certainly comes as no surprise.
But it should also come as no surprise that, despite this announcement, the users and manufacturers of medical gloves will not miss a beat, as alternative glove technologies have been proven and available for some time. Certainly, there remain many dedicated users of powdered medical gloves in the United States. And while change is never easy, it’s time to change. And that’s a good thing, for both professionals and patients.