Medical Gloves for COVID-19

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Medical Gloves for COVID1-19

Medical gloves  are used by health care personnel to prevent the spread of infection or illness. Medical gloves are disposable and include patient examination gloves and surgeon’s gloves.

To help expand the availability of medical gloves, the FDA is providing regulatory flexibility, as described in the enforcement policy for gloves that is in effect during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The FDA is also providing regular updates about medical gloves, including the answers to frequently asked questions.

Do medical gloves provide protection from coronavirus?

⇒ Medical gloves are intended to provide broad barrier protection. Please see current recommendations from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. At this time, FDA has not cleared, approved, or authorized any medical gloves for specific protection against the virus that causes COVID-19 or prevention of COVID-19 infection.

Can we use expired medical gloves? Do they offer the protection needed?

⇒ Medical gloves were designed to serve as protective barriers and may still offer some protection even when they are used beyond the manufacturer’s designated shelf life or expiration date. The user should inspect all gloves prior to use and if there are concerns such as discoloration, visible holes or tears, the product should be discarded. As a conventional capacity strategy, it is preferred that expired gloves are used where barrier protection is not needed.

How do I know what the manufacturer-designated shelf life is?

⇒ The manufacturer-designated shelf life or expiration date may be found in the product labeling or packaging, or you can contact the manufacturer directly.

Can we reuse gloves during COVID-19?

⇒ The FDA generally does not recommend reuse of gloves. The FDA recognizes that there may be availability concerns with gloves during the COVID-19 public health emergency, but there are strategies to conserve gloves.

 

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