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Latex allergies afflict healthcare workers

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 3, 2009

 

"Health Tip: Living With Latex Allergy," February 2.

The report provides advice for avoiding allergic reactions from the American Academy of Family Physicians that includes identifying latex items at home and at work, wearing a medical bracelet or chain, and even inquiring with your physician about carrying an emergency epinephrine injection with you.

For a free Latex-safe Workplace Checklist for your healthcare facility, see the Tools page at the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.

 

Despite the move to latex-free devices and personal protective equipment, latex allergies remain a problem in healthcare—presenting hazards to patients and healthcare workers—reports U.S. News and World Report in its

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