NSW Health policy on the prevention and management of latex allergy is that only powder-free, or non-latex gloves are to be used in NSW health care facilities.
The policy adopted in 2000 states:
‘The gradual replacement of latex containing products with non-latex-products where available and appropriate is recommended.
‘As a minimum, a latex powder-free work environment must be provided to protect latex allergic em-ployees. Sources of patients to that area are to also be latex powder-free.
‘Latex allergic workers shall only use non-latex gloves and other products, and avoid contact with all latex-containing products.
‘Housekeeping should be meticulously carried out to remove all traces of latex allergens.’
The policy can be downloaded from www.health.nsw.gov.au/policies/pd/2005/PD2005_490.html
Latex is commonly found in the following hospital equipment:
Personal protective equipment containing latex include:
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