Gordon L. Sussman; Donald H. Beezhold
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Sussman G., Beezhold D.; Safe Use of Latex Rubber. Ann Intern Med. 1995;123:234-235. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-123-3-199508010-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1995;123(3):234-235.
Latex allergy is a significant occupational hazard affecting 5% to 10% of health care workers. Latex-related illness causes severe morbidity and potentially life-threatening anaphylactic shock . A clear hospital policy is necessary to deal with this increasingly important problem.
Nonallergenic natural rubber latex is not currently available. Because latex-allergic patients have reported severe clinical allergy to low-protein latex gloves, we cannot recommend their use in persons with a positive history, skin test result, or radioallergosorbent test result. Patients with clear histories of latex-induced contact urticaria, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma, and anaphylaxis can safely use most nonlatex alternatives to prevent allergic consequences.
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