Health authorities and trusts have been told to review precautions against staff and patients suffering allergic reactions from the use of latex gloves. Guidance from the NHS Executive warns that reactions can vary from skin problems to 'life-threatening anaphylactic shock' and says local policies should 'justify' the continued use of such gloves. The Executive guidance also says that users of latex gloves should follow advice from the Medical Devices Agency, and individuals who are latex-sensitive should be provided with alternative gloves and avoid areas where latex particles enter the air. Further guidance on the problem will be issued later this year.
Latex Medical Gloves and Powdered Latex Medical Gloves. www.doh.gov.uk/coinh.htm