|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 67-68
Powdered gloves: Time to bid adieu
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore
|Date of Web Publication||30-Jan-2018|
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
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Srinivasan S. Powdered gloves: Time to bid adieu. J Postgrad Med 2018;64:67-8
I read the article on powdered gloves by Baid and Agarwal with interest. The authors have highlighted the hazards of the powder in the gloves and the need for a ban of powdered gloves. Awareness of the harmful effects of powdered gloves among healthcare workers in Asia is still low. Powdered gloves usually contain cornstarch powder which is added as a donning agent. The powder adsorbs the latex particles and behaves as a carrier, which predisposes to allergy. The amount of powder used in gloves varies. Some of the gloves used in hospitals and health centres in India have very high powder content [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: Powder on the hand of the operator after removing the powdered latex glove|
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Alternatives to powdered latex gloves [Figure 2]a include nonpowdered latex gloves [Figure 2]b and nonlatex gloves. The various types of gloves are listed in [Table 1]. Nonpowdered latex gloves are a suitable alternative for healthcare workers who do not have latex allergy. Sterile nitrile gloves are not widely available. Nitrile and vinyl gloves are usually used in nonsterile setting. Nitrile gloves [Figure 2]c are highly resistant to tear. They are usually blue or black in color, and if there is a needle puncture, it is easily visible. Vinyl gloves (not shown) are usually transparent and fit loosely. For people with latex allergy, sterile nitrile gloves are the glove of choice; vinyl gloves can be worn in nonsterile environment and when handling nonhazardous material.
|Figure 2: Various types of gloves available in the market (a) powdered latex gloves, (b) nonpowdered latex gloves which can be dark brown or yellow, (c) nitrile gloves (usually blue)|
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