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Document ID (ISN)101400
CIS number 03-319
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Edelstam G., Arvanius L., Karlsson G.
Title Glove powder in the hospital environment - Consequences for healthcare workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2002, Vol.75, No.4, p.267-271. Illus. 18 ref.
Internet access 03-0319.pdf [in English]
Abstract Exposure to starch powder from natural rubber latex medical gloves can cause allergy symptoms due to the absorption of latex protein antigens onto the starch powder. A questionnaire was distributed to all employees working within the medical centre of a hospital. The procedure was repeated after the centre had been changed to a powder-free working environment. The focus of the questions was to determine the extent of symptoms that could be associated with glove powder or latex proteins. Responses were compared before and eight months after a new powder-free glove policy was fully implemented. The study pointed out that a relatively high percentage of the hospital workers were suffering from glove-related symptoms. A significant reduction of itching on the hands, hand eczema and upper respiratory-tract disorders was found after the change to a powder-free environment.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; allergens; starch; hospitals; health care personnel; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) latex; dyspnoea; sensitization; questionnaire survey; substitution; eczema
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Hand and arm protection
Health care services