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FAQs


 

What are the adverse effects that can be developed by the use of Latex-gloves?

The reactions experienced by the use of gloves can be divided in 2 types of reactions:

  1. Latex allergy: this is a sensitization reaction in which specific antibodies develop in response to an allergen, which in this case are natural rubber latex proteins. These proteins are only present in NRL gloves and not in non-latex gloves.
  2. Chemical allergy: This is an irritation that manifests in an inflammation or painful reaction. A stimulus or agent which induces the state of irritation is an irritant, which in the case of gloves are mostly caused by chemical accelerators. Please note that these chemicals can be present in both NRL and non-latex gloves.

Of the total healthcare worker population, clinical evidence shows latex allergies representing up to 12%, while chemical allergies represent up to 30%, with 80% caused by chemical accelerators.

Ansell always recommends that anyone suffering a reaction should seek medical advice to determine the cause of the irritation and to be able to look for products not containing the source of reaction.

For more detailed information, please refer to “allergies explained” or contact us.

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Will the use of non-latex gloves solve the glove-related allergy events?

Non-latex gloves will protect against latex allergies but may provide the necessary protection against chemical allergies. Both latex and non-latex gloves contain chemical accelerators, which may cause chemical allergies in certain individuals. Chemical allergies represent approximately 30% of occupationally induced skin diseases and they are the second largest occupational disability reported to OSHA. 80% of the glove induced chemical allergies are caused by chemical accelerators. Ansell’s non-latex glove range has options that are free of both latex as well as chemical accelerators, protecting users of both types of reactions.

For more detailed information, please refer to “allergies explained” or contact us.

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Why move to a non-latex environment?

The main reason for hospitals switching to a non-latex environment is the elimination of latex allergy adverse events, with the consequential loss of time and productivity in the event of an incident together with the cost of the treatment, should a patient or HCW develop a clinical response. However, the move to non-latex gloves has other advantages to consider such as the decrease in the O.R turnover time for latex-allergy patient surgery, the elimination of time and product wastage when surgery is cancelled/ postponed or there is a patient’s latex allergy discovery at the last minute that will require a teardown of the O.R. On top of this, there are some logistical advantages for the hospital such as the consolidation of lines, more space available in O.R storage and simplified ordering. Finally, the complete elimination of latex will bring other savings such as the time used to create protocols and procedures without latex, training teams and the reduced risk of litigation should any adverse effect occurs due to the use of latex products.

Full hospital conversion is the only way to minimise the latex allergies events as having only a few dedicated theatres will help minimise them but there are still risks.

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Are non-latex gloves different to latex gloves?

Non-latex gloves have come a long way from when they were first introduced in terms of performance and properties. Nowadays, non-latex gloves include the same options as latex gloves such as orthopaedic, micro-surgery, moisturizing gloves, etc. They come in a range of materials such as polychloroprene or polyisoprene with the same properties as NRL options and with proven performance by many hospitals using only non-latex products. Some HCWs are resistant to any glove change as they are used to the latex gloves excellent dexterity and sensitivity. Small fit and feel differences can be noticed by some users as well as differences in smell of the latex vs non latex materials. This may cause users to require a short adaptation period, which is outweighed by the benefits of primary prevention:

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