TOPICAL ANTISEPTIC COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS
Natural or synthetic rubber surgical elements such as tubing, catheters, drains and gloves are \"lubricated\" so as to prevent sticking during storage, and permit easier emplacement, such as putting on the gloves by a surgeon or nurse, by applying to the surface of the rubber element finely divided polyglycolic acid powder. The polyglycolic acid powder is readily absorbed by living tissue without deleterious tissue reaction, thus minimizing tissue reaction from the transfer of the powder from the element such as a glove to internal sites in a subject. The rubber surgical elements are conveniently stored in a strippable package. Polyglycolic acid aids in reducing infection and promotes healing, when in contact with tissue.