LATEX ALLERGY. OBJECTIVES. At the conclusion of the Self-Learning Packet, the learner will be able to: 1. Define Latex Allergy. 2. Identify individuals at risk for Latex Allergy. 3. Summarize the incidence and pathophysiology of Latex Allergy. 4. List the signs of Latex Allergy.
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At the conclusion of the Self-Learning
Packet, the learner will be able to:
1. Define Latex Allergy.
2. Identify individuals at risk for Latex Allergy.
3. Summarize the incidence and pathophysiology of Latex Allergy.
4. List the signs of Latex Allergy.
5. Identify items that contain latex vs. latex free items.
6. State practical steps to take in providing care to latex sensitive patients.
7. Identify signs and symptoms of potential latex sensitivity in the health care worker.
8. State the steps in reporting and evaluating health problems associated with latex use.
preservatives in the
process of making
skin, mucous membranes, intravascularly, or by inhalation.
used in gloves is a carrier of the
protein. Because proteins can be
airborne for hours after putting
on or removing gloves, this
allergen can be inhaled or settle
on clothing, skin or mucous
building up latex fighting antibodies.
These antibodies produce chemicals which cause
- Gloves (Main cause of allergy in hospital)
- Blood Pressure Cuffs/Stethoscopes
- Injection Ports/ Rubber Tops on Vials
- Keofeed Tubes
- Carpet Backing
- Condoms and Diaphragms
- Rubber Bands
- Beach Toys/Rafts
- Handgrips on Rackets and Tools
Anyone routinely exposed to latex is at risk.
Patients whose care requires regular exposure to latex
- Spina Bifida
- Chronic Urinary/Renal Problems
- Laboratory Personnel
- Any individual who wears latex gloves routinely.
- Work in latex plants
- Make latex gloves
allergies to avocados,
bananas and eczema
- Redness where contact with
latex has occurred
- Skin rash
- Swelling of face and hands
- Runny nose
- Itchy nose/watery eyes
- Decrease in Blood Pressure
- Increased Heart Rate
- Flushed face
- Swelling of the throat
- Allergic symptoms after coming into contact
- History of multiple allergies
- History of eczema
- History of food allergies to kiwis/bananas
- RAST immunoassay (radioallergosorbent
testing) measures the serum level of latex-
IF YOU NOTICE:
NOTIFY YOUR MANAGER!
The manager will:
EMPLOYEE HEALTH WILL:
test for natural latex
at the work site
WHEN RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE,
the employee will be:
IF THE RESULTS ARE POSITIVE:
Employee Health and the
employee to provide
- Know GBMC’s policies regarding latex
- Contact Employee Health
- Avoid latex items and use non-latex alternatives
such as silicone or vinyl
- Wear a medic alert bracelet or tag
- Use non-latex gloves
- Use powderless gloves
- Carry Epinephrine Auto-Injector
or quick-acting oral
antihistamine at all times
- Vinyl gloves
- Non-latex equipment
- Latex-free pharmacy protocol for drug preparation
- Place a cloth barrier between the skin and blood
pressure cuff or use a non-latex cuff.
in the day