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Manager's Guide to Infection Control - May 2016

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M A Y 2 0 1 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T 2 7 W hen the FDA announced in March that it was proposing to ban most powdered gloves because they pose an unrea- sonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to healthcare professionals and patients, some experts wondered, What took you so long? "It should have been done as soon as evidence demonstrating patient harm was recognized," says Is FDA's Push to Ban Powdered Gloves Long Overdue? Experts say severe health hazards have been well known for years. Jim Burger Associate Editor Terry Roth, BSN, RN, CNOR, execu- tive director of perioperative services at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, Calif. Delayed action The proposed ban applies to powdered surgeon's gloves, powdered patient examination gloves and absorbable powder for lubricating a surgeon's glove. Cornstarch powder is sometimes added to gloves to help make them easier to don and doff, says the FDA, which notes the powder on nat- • PROACTIVE Concerned about safety, many facilities stopped using powdered gloves long before the proposed ban. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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