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Latex Allergy Response
A hypersensitive reaction to natural latex rubber products

Defining Characteristics
Positive skin or serum test to natural rubber latex (NRL) extract.
After exposure to latex protein:
Contact dermatitis progressing
to generalized
Edema (e.g., facial, eyelids,
Allergic conjunctivitis
Immune Hypersensitivity Control

The client will report no exposure to latex, as evidenced by the
following indicators:
• Describe products of NRL.
• Describe strategies to avoid exposure.

Assess for Causative and Contributing Factors
Eliminate Exposure to Latex Products
Use Nonlatex Alternative Supplies
• Clear disposable amber bags
• Silicone baby nipples
• 2 3 2 gauze pads with silk tape in place of adhesive bandages
• Clear plastic or silastic catheters
• Vinyl or neoprene gloves
• Kling-like gauze
Protect From Exposure to Latex
• Cover the skin with cloth before applying the blood pressure
• Do not allow rubber stethoscope tubing to touch the client.
• Do not inject through rubber parts (e.g., heparin locks); use
syringe and stopcock.
• Change needles after each puncture of rubber stopper.
• Cover rubber parts with tape.
Teach Which Products Are Commonly Made of Latex
Health Care Equipment
• Natural latex rubber gloves, powdered or unpowdered, including
those labeled “hypoallergenic”
• Blood pressure cuffs
• Stethoscopes
• Tourniquets
• Electrode pads
• Airways, endotracheal tubes
• Syringe plunges, bulb syringes
• Masks for anesthesia
• Rubber aprons
• Catheters, wound drains
• Injection ports
• Tops of multidose vials
• Adhesive tape
• Ostomy pouches
• Wheelchair cushions
• Briefs with elastic
• Pads for crutches
• Some prefilled syringes
• Erasers
• Rubber bands
• Dishwashing gloves
• Balloons
• Condoms, diaphragms
• Baby bottle nipples, pacifiers
• Rubber balls and toys
• Racquet handles
• Cycle grips
• Tires
• Hot water bottles
• Carpeting
• Shoe soles
• Elastic in underwear
• Rubber cement
Initiate Health Teaching as Indicated
• Explain the importance of completely avoiding direct contact
with all NRL products.
• Advise that a client with a history of a mild skin reaction to
latex is at risk for anaphylaxis.
• Instruct the client to wear a Medic-Alert bracelet stating
“Latex Allergy” and to carry auto-injectable epinephrine.
• Instruct the client to warn all health care providers
(e.g., dental, medical, surgical) of the allergy.

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1 comment:

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