Surgical glove lubricants: from toxicity to opportunity.

  title={Surgical glove lubricants: from toxicity to opportunity.},
  author={J A Woods and Raymond F. Morgan and F. Watkins and Richard F. Edlich},
  journal={The Journal of emergency medicine},
  volume={15 2},
In most emergency departments, surgical gloves are coated with surface powders that act as lubricants to facilitate donning. Cornstarch powder is an absorbable powder employed as a donning agent on most powdered gloves. Talcum powder, a nonabsorbable powder, is used as a mold release agent in glove manufacture and is still commonly found on the surfaces of modern surgical gloves. These powders are foreign bodies that elicit inflammatory responses, leading to a wide number of symptoms and… CONTINUE READING