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Document ID (ISN)103826
CIS number 05-100
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bonny J.S., Yéboué-Kouamé B.Y., Pillah M.A., Wognin S.B., Kouassi Y.M., Tchicaya A.F.
Title Intolerance to latex gloves among healthcare workers at teaching hospitals in Abidjan
Original title L'intolérance aux gants de latex chez le personnel soignant des centres hospitaliers universitaires d'Abidjan [in French]
Bibliographic information Sep. 2003, Vol.64, No.5, p.329-333. 16 ref.
Abstract The objective of this cross-sectional study was to assess the degree of intolerance to latex gloves among healthcare workers at the three teaching hospitals in Côte d'Ivoire. Subjects included 609 healthcare workers. Data were collected by means of questionnaires, dermatological examinations and skin tests among workers reporting latex intolerance. Among the main findings: 9.8% of the workers reported signs of intolerance to latex gloves; clinical signs were found on 80% of the intolerant subjects, including eczema (39.5%), irritant contact dermatitis (33.3%) and urticaria (27.1%); the most frequent localization was the back of the hands (37.5%) and the most concerned services were paediatrics (16.2%), laboratory and radiology services (12.5%) and surgery (7.4%); concerned workers included nurses (15.8%), physicians (14%) and midwives (9.7%). Skin tests were carried out among 66.7% of workers with signs of latex intolerance, allowing an estimation of the rate of allergy as 2% of the healthcare workers.
Descriptors (primary) protective gloves; natural rubber; health care personnel; skin allergies; hospitals; latex
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; subjective assessment; Côte d'Ivoire; eczema; frequency rates; sensitizers; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin tests; urticaria
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCôte d'Ivoire
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Commerce, services, offices
Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Health care services
Hand and arm protection
Allergies