ATI infection control notes.docx - ATI Infection Control Latex and latex-free equipment Latex sensitivity and latex allergies are a concern because of

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ATI Infection Control Latex and latex-free equipment Latex sensitivity and latex allergies are a concern because of potential high exposure to latex gloves and medical supplies that contain latex Healthcare workers and patients who have a sensitivity or allergy to kiwi, papayas, avocados, bananas, potatoes, or tomatoes should be screened carefully because they have a higher chance of having a sensitivity or allergy to latex Three most common reactions of latex are: Irritant contact dermatitis Allergic contact dermatitis (delayed hypersensitivity) Latex allergy Rubber latex products often cause irritant contact dermatitis (not a true allergy) Dry Itchy Irritated Can also be caused by repeated handwashing and drying, incomplete hand drying, use of cleaners and sanitizers, and exposure to powders added to gloves. Allergic contact dermatitis results from exposure to chemicals added to latex during harvesting, processing, or manufacturing.
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