Surgeon Glove Overview
Surgical gloves are personal protection equipment (PPE) designed to protect clinicians in operating room (OR) environments. The primary purpose of surgical gloves is to act as a protective barrier for surgeons and nurses to prevent possible transmission of diseases or pathogens during procedures while working with surgical instruments. Similar to medical examination glove, surgical glove standards are governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) within the United States. However, the FDA requires manufacturers to meet a higher level of quality standards for surgical gloves.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains the standards for all medical gloves within the United States of America. All medical gloves labeled as surgical gloves must adhere to strict guidelines the FDA set which require surgical glove manufacturers to make surgical gloves at a set quality level. These guidelines are provided in the form of ASTM standards.