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Operating Room Nurses are Concerned about Complications Associated with Powdered Gloves
Date:4/7/2008

Yet only one-third of their facilities are powder-free

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Seven out of 10 operating room nurses attending this year's Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 55th Congress in Anaheim, Calif. who responded to an industry survey reported being "very concerned" about the surgical complications related to glove powder. However, only 30 percent reported their facility was powder-free. Powdered gloves have been implicated as the largest single contributor to latex aeroallergen levels in healthcare facilities.(i)

In a random sample of 543 nurses at the AORN Congress, Molnlycke Health Care, manufacturer of the Biogel(R) glove line, asked attendees about glove powder and latex safety issues, both major concerns in the operating room today.

According to the survey, 94 percent of respondents have a "moderate" to "high" level of awareness of the potential surgical complications related to the use of powdered surgical gloves, but only 57 percent correctly identified all four of the leading complications: latex allergic reactions, latex sensitization, post-operative surgical site infection and adhesion formation.

"Many of us assume that the complications associated with powdered glove use are well understood by perioperative practitioners," said Carolyn Twomey, R.N., global vice president of clinical and clinical research, Molnlycke Health Care. "Clearly, there is a need for education about the full range of complications related to powder. Although very serious, latex allergies and occupational asthma are not the only issues. Patient complications from powder left behind in surgical wounds can include adhesions, delays in wound healing, pyrogenic reactions and the fostering of infection. By understanding all of these complications, practitioners can be proactive in reducing patient risk and improving patient outcomes."

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