Back to Top These guidelines were developed by the authors through dialogue with and contributions from other stakeholders.These guidelines are intended as a framework to guide a health care facility in the management of safe latex medical product use.This document provides guidelines for management of individuals that are working with or exposed to latex in the health care facility environment.
This response is known as delayed hypersensitivity.
Back to Top Background Natural rubber latex is a processed plant product of which over 99% of the world's supply is derived from the latex or the milky cytosol of the tree Hevea braziliensis found in Africa and Southeast Asia.
Latex is produced by specialized lactifer cells and is composed of various chemicals: lipids, phospholipids and proteins.
Although latex is most often associated with disposable gloves, other items which may contain latex include airways, intravenous tubing, syringes, stethoscopes, catheters, dressings and bandages.
The reporting of allergic reactions to latex has dramatically increased in the past six years.
We would also like to thank the Canadian Healthcare Association and Laurel Lemchuk-Favel for their expertise in the development of this important manuscript.