Since the early case reports about latex allergy, much has been learned in a short time. Risk groups have been identified, most notably children with spina bifida, but also readers of this article, if they be operating room personnel! A directed patient history, supplemented by skin prick or serum tests for latex antibody will identify most of the patients at risk. Relatively simple latex avoidance measures, most notably the use of nonlatex gloves, will reduce the likelihood and severity of a reaction. Vigilance on the part of all operating room personnel and hospital workers is important in making the hospital environment safe for the care of patients predisposed to latex allergy.
|Number of pages
|Problems in Anesthesia
|Published - Oct 1998
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine