The increased numbers of latex-allergic individuals have prompted the establishment of guidelines for patient care, such as those developed by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology ("Interim Recommendations to Health Professionals & Organizations Regarding Latex Allergy Precautions," March 1992).
Frequent users of latex products may develop allergies to latex proteins, with resulting allergic reactions varying from mild to life-threatening.
Back to Top These guidelines were developed by the authors through dialogue with and contributions from other stakeholders.
These guidelines are intended as a framework to guide a health care facility in the management of safe latex medical product use.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD), or chemical sensitivity contact dermatitis, is a specific immune response of sensitized lymphocytes to chemical additives contained in latex products.
The continued support of Health Canada, in particular, Philip Neufeld and Andrew Douglas, was invaluable to the completion of these guidelines.Porcelain molds are then dipped into these latex concentrates to produce products of different shapes and sizes, such as balloons, gloves and condoms.The accelerators speed up the vulcanization or curing process in which the rubber precursors are cross-linked.Although latex is most often associated with disposable gloves, other items which may contain latex include airways, intravenous tubing, syringes, stethoscopes, catheters, dressings and bandages.
The reporting of allergic reactions to latex has dramatically increased in the past six years.The authors, the Canadian Healthcare Association and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology are not responsible for their application, or for facilities' decisions in the use of medical products.