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Document ID (ISN)111442
CIS number 11-0056
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Epling C., Duncan J., Archibong E., ěstbye T., Pompeii L.A., Dement J.
Title Latex allergy symptoms among health care workers: Results from a university health and safety surveillance system
Bibliographic information 1st quarter 2011, Vol. 17, No.1, p.17-23. 28 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to describe risk factors for latex glove allergy symptoms among health care workers by combining data from an active clinical surveillance programme and a comprehensive occupational health surveillance system. A total of 4584 health care workers at a university hospital in the United States completed a latex allergy questionnaire. Six percent (276 subjects) reported symptoms consistent with latex allergy. Years of latex glove use was a significant risk factor for latex allergy symptoms even after controlling for the effects of atopy, gender, age, race and other allergies. Nurses, medical or lab technicians, physician's assistants, other clinical professionals and housekeepers had the highest prevalence of latex glove allergy symptoms. Forty subjects were confirmed as having latex sensitization. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; natural rubber; latex; allergies; protective gloves; hospitals; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) sensitization; subjective assessment; cohort study; statistical evaluation; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Health care services