Your doc’s powdered gloves are a health risk, FDA says

Medical gloves coated with powder may be easier for doctors and nurses to slip on and off, but that doesn’t outweigh their health risks, the US Food and Drug Administration says. The agency announced Monday a proposed ban on most powdered gloves in the US.

“This ban is about protecting patients and health care professionals from a danger they might not even be aware of,” said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, head of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, in a statement. “We take bans very seriously and only take this action when we feel it’s necessary to protect the public health.”

The powder currently used to coat natural rubber latex gloves carries proteins that can cause allergic reactions and breathing problems, the FDA said. And on top of that, the gloves can irritate a patient’s wounds and can even complicate post-surgical care if the powder causes inflammation.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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