Journal article

Primary prevention of latex related sensitisation and occupational asthma: a systematic review

AD LaMontagne, S Radi, DS Elder, MJ Abramson, M Sim

OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2006

Abstract

METHODS: Eight primary prevention intervention studies on natural rubber latex (NRL) published since 1990 were identified and reviewed. This is the largest evidence base of primary prevention studies for any occupational asthmagen. RESULTS: Review of this small and largely observational evidence base supports the following evidence statement: Substitution of powdered latex gloves with low protein powder-free NRL gloves or latex-free gloves greatly reduces NRL aeroallergens, NRL sensitisation, and NRL-asthma in healthcare workers. Evidence in support of this statement is ranked SIGN level 2+, referring to well conducted case-control or cohort studies with a low risk of confounding, bias, or c..

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