|Document ID (ISN)||103826|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
|Convention or series no.
||Bonny J.S., Yéboué-Kouamé B.Y., Pillah M.A., Wognin S.B., Kouassi Y.M., Tchicaya A.F.
||Intolerance to latex gloves among healthcare workers at teaching hospitals in Abidjan
||L'intolérance aux gants de latex chez le personnel soignant des centres hospitaliers universitaires d'Abidjan [in French]|
||Sep. 2003, Vol.64, No.5, p.329-333. 16 ref.
||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.
||protective gloves; natural rubber; health care personnel; skin allergies; hospitals; latex
||allergens; subjective assessment; Côte d'Ivoire; eczema; frequency rates; sensitizers; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin tests; urticaria
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Côte d'Ivoire|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Industries and occupations
Health care services
Hand and arm protection