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  1. A medical-center-wide, multidisciplinary approach to the problem of natural rubber latex allergy.

    Article - En anglais

    Latex is a common cause of occupational allergy in health care workers ; latex-sensitized patients are at increased risk of allergic reactions in medical environments.

    Skin test reagents and latex-specific immunoglobulin E immunoassays were established for diagnosis of latex allergy.

    Inhibition immunoassays were developed for measuring latex aeroallergens and latex allergens in rubber products.

    A registry of latex-sensitive employees was established.

    High-allergen gloves were removed from the medical center inventory ; latex aeroallergen levels subsequently declined.

    Despite an increasing number of gloves used annually, expenditures for gloves in 1994 were lower than in previous years.

    Latex-sensitive individuals can be identified using skin tests or immunoassays.

    Latex aeroallergen levels in medical environments can be reduced substantially at lower cost by using powder-free rubber gloves with lower allergen content.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Allergène, Composé chimique, Latex, Gant, Personnel sanitaire, Diagnostic, Technique, Homme, Exposition professionnelle, Méthode immunologique, Teneur air ambiant, Vêtement protection, Taux, Médecine travail, Allergie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Allergen, Chemical compound, Latex, Glove, Health staff, Diagnosis, Technique, Human, Occupational exposure, Immunological method, Ambient air concentration, Safety clothing, Rate, Occupational medicine, Allergy

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0405662

    Code Inist : 002B06C04. Création : 10/04/1997.