Ever wondered who makes your sterile gloves?
Doctors are being urged to challenge hospital administrators over where and how their surgical equipment is made in the wake of a report that says workers' conditions in such factories are tantamount to modern day slavery.
In the report, Dr Simone Sandler of Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues. call on surgeons to imagine the surgical consumables they use daily.
“Your surgical mask is placed over your nose and mouth, followed by the disposable sterile gown, and sterile gloves…You use steel tools handed to you by your assistant, recently birthed from sterile packaging. As you close your first case you notice, some writing on the retractors. The text reads: ‘Made in Pakistan.’ The box holding the pile of surgical masks reads ‘Made in Mexico,’ your gloves, ‘Made in Malaysia,’ and your blue scrubs, ‘Made in India’.”
Increasing surgical volumes and an older population have led to a demand