Ban Powdered Surgical Gloves

Surgical Glove_By_Werneuchen

Target: Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Robert M. Califf

Goal: Ban powdered surgical gloves, which have been shown to cause serious health complications.

The FDA is considering a proposal to ban all powdered surgical gloves from the market in an effort to protect patients and healthcare professionals from potential health risks. Studies show that powdered surgical gloves can cause a number of serious health complications. With numerous non-powdered glove options available for use in the healthcare industry there is no longer any reason to allow possibly dangerous powdered gloves to continue being sold.

Powdered surgical gloves became popular because they are very easy to put on and take off. However, the cornstarch powders that coat these gloves can lead to serious health complications for both patients and healthcare providers. Some of these problems include respiratory allergic reactions, severe airway inflammation, and post-operative wound infections. When used during surgery, the powder from these gloves can be left behind, resulting in dangerous scar tissue that can form between internal organs and tissues. This sort of internal adhesion can result in serious complications including intestinal obstruction and female infertility when found in the uterus or fallopian tubes. Now that we are aware of these potential health risks, it is essential that we make changes to protect people from exposure to powdered gloves.

The FDA rarely bans medical supply products from the market, but it is time for powdered surgical gloves to be eradicated. They pose a substantial risk to patients and healthcare providers, and there are plenty of other types of surgical gloves available to replace them. Please sign the below petition to urge the FDA to approve this proposed ban on potentially hazardous powdered surgical gloves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Califf,

I am writing to request that you and the FDA please approve the recent proposal to ban powdered surgical gloves from the market. As you are likely aware, powdered surgical gloves have been linked to numerous serious health complications. With many other non-powdered surgical glove options available for use, it is ridiculous that potentially threatening powdered gloves are still being used. In the interest of the health of patients and healthcare professionals, it is time to completely eradicate powdered surgical gloves.

Powdered surgical gloves have been linked to serious health problems, including respiratory allergic reactions, severe airway inflammation, and post-operative wound infections. When used in surgery the powder from these gloves sometimes remains as an internal residue, which can lead to a dangerous buildup of  scar tissue between internal organs and tissues. In many instances, these post-operative adhesions can lead to serious intestinal obstruction or female infertility when found in the uterus or fallopian tubes. All of these complications are very serious, and completely avoidable through the use of a different type of surgical glove.

The main appeal of powdered surgical gloves is that they are easy to put on and take off. While this is a nice perk, it is in no way a reason to use a product that may pose a serious health threat to patients. Please protect the health of patients and healthcare providers by approving the proposed market ban on powdered surgical gloves.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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