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October 28, 1944

POWDER FOR SURGICAL GLOVES

JAMA. 1944;126(9):588. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850440060024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I have been much interested in the discussion going on for some time about a substitute for talcum powder in operating room gloves.Why do we need any substitute? If gloves are dry and hands are dry, as they should be, and the gloves are the right size, any foreign material unnecessarily introduced into the field is an added danger. I have been wearing rubber gloves in the operating room for over forty years and have never used any kind of glove powder. In these days of constantly changing operating room nurses I have to be on the alert to escape the avalanche of talcum with which I am constantly threatened, but so far I have valiantly held my ground and have gone into the operating room with fingers that are cleaner and have a better tactile sense.This tendency to get rid of an evil thing

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