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June 1983

Suture Contamination by Surface Powders on Surgical Gloves

Author Affiliations

From the Product Development Department, The Deseret Company, Division of Parke-Davis, Sandy, Utah (Dr Khan); the Engineering Experiment Station, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (Mr Brown and Ms Logan); and Technical Operation, The Deseret Company Division of Parke-Davis, Honea Path, SC (Mr Hayes).

Arch Surg. 1983;118(6):738-739. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1983.01390060056012

• Recent studies have shown that many glove manufacturers still are using talc as a glove-mold release agent. The removal of talc particles from the patient-contact side of the gloves is difficult and incomplete with the use of recommended washing and wiping procedures. As a result, a shedding hazard exists that may ultimately be related to granulomatous reactions. In our study, shedding was demonstrated to be hazardous because of suture contamination with talc particles.

(Arch Surg 1983;118:738-739)