Biogel® surgical glove range still the only major surgical glove brand with an exclusively powder-free range and has been for more than 30 years
On March 21, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to ban powdered surgical gloves in the United States (external link, opens in a new window), citing "unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labelling".
Mölnlycke Health Care, the manufacturers of Biogel, the world's first and only major powder-free surgical glove for more than 30 years, commends the FDA for taking this important step toward protecting patient and healthcare worker safety. The Company expressed support for this patient and healthcare provider safety-oriented step in a recent press release (external link, opens in a new window).
The Biogel range has been completely powder-free since 1984 for many of the same reasons the FDA cites. Evidence shows that powder can contribute to postoperative adhesions and granulomas1, wound contamination and increased risk of SSI2 and delayed wound healing3,4.
Biogel's leadership in powder-free surgical glove innovation makes the brand stand alone as both a pioneer and trailblazer. A complete product range of natural rubber latex and latex-free surgical gloves make up the portfolio, designed for maximum patient and clinician safety.
Learn more about the Biogel surgical glove range or contact us for support on implementing your own powder-free gloving strategies.
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- Suding, P., Nguyen, T., Gordon, I., Wilson, S.E. Glove powder increases Staphylococcus aureus abscess rate in Sprague-Dawley rats. Surgical Infections 2010;11(2):133-135. doi: 10.1089/sur.2008.055.
- Bosco III, J.A., Slover, J.D., Haas, J.P. Perioperative strategies for decreasing infection: a comprehensive evidence-based approach. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2010; 92-A(1):232-239.
- Edlich, R.F. Deadly Powder on Medical Gloves; A Wake-Up Call to the Food and Drug Administration, 2012:70. https://books.google.com/books?id=9zM71zEaH3QC&pg=PA79&lpg=PA79&dq=singh+synovial+reaction+to+glove+powder&source=bl&ots=7OpEcQdT0T&sig=zqXBThmF3omDNrT-3RRLJCuFwxk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CBoQ6AEwBGoVChMI4Zr0_5OkyAIVy1c-Ch2q3gii. [Accessed 06/04/2016].