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

LaMontagne, A.D., Radi, S., Elder, D.S., Abramson, M.J. and Sim, M. 2006, Primary prevention of latex related sensitisation and occupational asthma : a systematic review, Occupational and environmental medicine, vol. 63, no. 5, pp. 359-364, doi: 10.1136/oem.2005.025221.

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Title Primary prevention of latex related sensitisation and occupational asthma : a systematic review
Author(s) LaMontagne, A.D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, A.D. orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Radi, S.
Elder, D.S.
Abramson, M.J.
Sim, M.
Journal name Occupational and environmental medicine
Volume number 63
Issue number 5
Start page 359
End page 364
Total pages 5
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1470-7926
Keyword(s) natural rubber latex
intervention
primary prevention
systematic review
Summary 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. 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 chance and a moderate probability that the relationship is causal. Substitution of powdered latex gloves with low protein powder‐free NRL gloves or latex‐free gloves promises benefits to both workers' health and cost and human resource savings for employers. This message should be broadly disseminated beyond the hospital sector to include other healthcare settings (such as aged care facilities) as well as food service and other industries where latex gloves might be used.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/oem.2005.025221
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C4.1 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2006, BMJ Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065832

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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