|Document ID (ISN)||106814|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0304-4602 - Annals of the Academy of Medicine - Singapore
|Convention or series no.
||Tang M.B.Y., Leow Y.H., Ng V., Koh D., Goh C.L.
||Latex sensitization in healthcare workers in Singapore
||2005, Vol.34, p.376-382. 15 ref.
||The aim of this study was to determine the rate of latex sensitization among healthcare workers in Singapore. It involved 313 healthcare workers, of whom 46.6% were operating theatre staff, and a further 71 unexposed controls. All participants answered a self-administered questionnaire relating to latex exposure and glove-related symptoms. Latex sensitization was determined by skin prick testing to latex and latex-specific IgE detection. Findings are discussed. The prevalence of latex sensitization among healthcare workers was 9.6%. It was concluded that latex sensitization among healthcare workers in Singapore should be considered a significant occupational health risk. Increased screening and awareness of this problem is essential to identify those at risk.
||Singapore; natural rubber; latex; sensitization; hospitals; health care personnel; dermatitis
||protective gloves; immunoglobulins; frequency rates; case-control study; skin tests; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Singapore|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services