|Document ID (ISN)||107162|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Crippa M., Belleri L., Mistrello G., Tedoldi C., Alessio L.
||Prevention of latex allergy among health care workers and in the general population: Latex protein content in devices commonly used in hospitals and general practice
||Aug. 2006, Vol.79, No.7, p.550-557. Illus. 33 ref.
||http://www.springerlink.com/content/560q5h8222436708/fulltext.pdf [in English]
||In this study, the latex protein content in devices commonly used in medical practice and in consumer products was investigated. Total allergenic potency was evaluated by a modified RAST-inhibition assay and a quantitative determination of single allergens by using a commercial ELISA kit. A high level of inhibition was found in medical devices, such as elastic bandage (81.57%), tourniquet (74.09%), Foley urinary catheter (68.35%), Penrose drainage (67.25%) and taping (39.6%), and in common devices, such as rubber inner-sole (84.20%), toy balloons (78.62%), latex mattress (74.27%), household rubber gloves (49.10%), working gloves (38.25%) and inflatable floating mattresses (32.10%). The study confirmed that many natural rubber items commonly used in the operating theatre, emergency room and other hospital departments can release substantial amounts of latex proteins.
||allergens; hospitals; latex; natural rubber
||protective gloves; sensitization; immuno-allergy; immunoglobulins
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Italy|
||Toxic and dangerous substances
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services