Latex sensitivity and allergy: raising awareness in Australia.

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  • H Silverston
چکیده

Natural rubber latex allergy is a public health issue that is yet to be addressed in many Australian hospitals. It is suggested that there is a widespread lack of awareness amongst hospital staff of the implications of this relatively new health problem. Natural rubber latex allergy is a cumulative, serious and incurable occupational health problem and a disabling disease. It can result in chronic illness, disability, loss of career and even death, for nurses and other health professionals. The serious risk that natural rubber latex allergy presents to staff health and patient safety, requires that hospital-wide strategies be developed to address the prevention and management of this condition as a matter of urgency. An overview of the problem of natural rubber latex allergy is presented, and strategies for addressing it suggested. The need for further research into the scope of the problem in the Australian context is emphasised.

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عنوان ژورنال:
  • The Australian journal of advanced nursing : a quarterly publication of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation

دوره 18 3  شماره 

صفحات  -

تاریخ انتشار 2001