|Document ID (ISN)||101400|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Edelstam G., Arvanius L., Karlsson G.
||Glove powder in the hospital environment - Consequences for healthcare workers
||Apr. 2002, Vol.75, No.4, p.267-271. Illus. 18 ref.
||03-0319.pdf [in English]
||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.
||protective gloves; allergens; starch; hospitals; health care personnel; symptoms
||latex; dyspnoea; sensitization; questionnaire survey; substitution; eczema
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Sweden|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Hand and arm protection
Health care services