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With new and improved technological advancements in surgical gloves, surgeons have a wide variety of choice for wear in the operating theatre from natural rubber latex to synthetic options.

However, not all natural rubber latex surgical gloves are made equal. One glove increases the risk of adverse health effects to patients and healthcare workers, the other does not.

Weighing up the risks:
powdered gloves vs. powder-free gloves

Surgical powdered latex gloves pose a highly dangerous risk to both patients and healthcare workers. While there is no ban for powdered gloves in Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council strongly recommends the use of non-powdered gloves (‘ADA responds to FDA ban on powdered gloves’ 2017).

 
Allergies
Latex Hypersensitivity
Surgical Complications
Powdered Gloves
Allergies

Cornstarch powder is aerosolised during donning and doffing, leading to respiratory exposure for up to 12 hours (Australian Dental Association 2015). This type of exposure can result in occupational asthma for staff in the long-term.

Latex Hypersensitivity

Cornstarch powder is an allergen carrier, and prolonged exposure increases the risk of staff developing latex-induced hypersensitivity (Edlich et al. 2009).

Surgical Compications

Cornstarch powder can significantly impact patient recovery, with the potential for granulomas, inflammation, peritoneal adhesions, and wound infections (Edlich et al. 2009, Baid et al. 2017).

Powder-Free Gloves
Allergies

Powder-free latex gloves reduce the development of respiratory and contact allergic reactions.

Latex Hypersensitivity

Powder-free latex gloves reduce the development of natural rubber latex-induced allergies (Henning et al. 2004), and protects staff and patients diagnosed with Type I Latex Allergy.

Surgical Compications

Powder-free gloves reduce post-operative complications in patients, and promote a safer working environment for staff.

 

Why choose GloveOn Hamilton?

Powder-Free

GloveOn Hamilton is a powder-free latex surgical glove, which supports the need to move away from powdered gloves in a medical setting. To reduce post-operative complications in patients and ensure the wellbeing of healthcare workers, powdered surgical gloves have been recently banned by the FDA in the United States, followed by Saudi, Japan, Korea and the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong (Taylor 2017).

Comfort and Flexibility

Every surgeon requires a glove that fits well, is comfortable on their hands and above all else, gets the job done safely on a day-to-day basis. Made from natural rubber latex, GloveOn Hamilton is defined by its high level of comfortability and flexibility and provides the perfect solution for surgeons specialising in general practice, veterinaries and dental practices.

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1. ‘ADA responds to FDA ban on powdered gloves’ 2017, Bite Magazine, 23 February, viewed 28 June 2018 <https://bitemagazine.com.au/ada-responds-fda-ban-powdered-gloves/>

2. Australian Dental Association 2015, Practical Guide to Infection Control, Ninth edition

3. Baid R, Agarwal R 2017, ‘Powdered gloves: Time to bid adieu’, Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 206

4. Edlich, RF, Long, WB 3rd, Gubler, KD, Rodeheaver, GT, Thacker, JG, Borel, L, Chase, ME, Cross, CL, Fisher, AL, Lin, KY, Cox, MJ, Zura, RB 2009, ‘Citizen’s Petition to Food and Drug Administration to ban cornstarch powder on medical gloves: Maltese cross birefringence’, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 227-235

5. Henning A, Jörg S, and Swen Malte J 2004, ‘Decreasing incidence of occupational contact urticaria caused by natural rubber latex allergy in German health care workers’, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 114, no. 2, pp.347-351

6. Taylor, P 2017, ‘Are We Close to a Global Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves?’, Asian Hospital & Healthcare Management, 28 April, pp.27-29