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- Syringe plungers
- Some tubing and giving sets
- Rubber bungs of medication vials.
- Anything containing elastic:
- Elasticated stockings
- Crepe bandages
- Elastic adhesive tape
- Certain mattresses
- Airway equipment with latex-containing cuffs
- Blood pressure cuffs
- Elastic band around notes.
Allergy versus sensitivity - different grades of reaction (eczema vs anaphylaxis). Not necessarily due to latex proteins, but sometimes chemical used in manufacture. Treat as if allergic to latex proteins.
Powder can act as a sensitiser allows inhalation of the latex allergens (most latex gloves should powder-free).
Occasionally, chemical accelerants used in both latex and nitrile gloves can be responsible for allergic symptoms.
- Guidance on latex policies, use of latex gloves (or alternatives), etc, specifically for GPs from Health and Safety Executive
- Evidence-based advice on occupational health practice from NHS Occupational Health Clinical Effectiveness Unit
- NPSA Safety Information Notice on Latex Allergy
- NPSA Page on Protecting Patients with Latex Allergy
- Health and Safety Executive Latex Site
- Anaesthesia UK Tutorial