The fight against latex TYPE I allergy
- caused by natural rubber latex (NRL) proteins
- immediate allergic reaction after exposure
- severity from mild discomfort to life threatening
- can be prevented by using non-latex gloves
Many hospitals are banning all NRL materials from the O.R.
If you, as a healthcare worker (HCW) are well-protected, then so are your patients. That is why many hospitals are already banning all NRL materials from their O.R. environments. All? What about the one item that actually touches the patient, and which is in constant contact with the HCWs skin?
At Asklepios Kinderklinik Sankt Augustin the quality of their patient care is at the heart of everything they do. That is why their safety concept is to eliminate the element of human error wherever possible. Being well-aware of the vulnerability of children, the only acceptable approach towards latex surgical gloves is to completely ban them from their paediatric hospital.
Chemical TYPE IV allergies are on the rise
- caused by chemical residual in NRL and non-latex gloves
- delayed allergic reaction after exposure
- severity from mild discomfort to significant occupational disability for HCWs
- can be prevented by using 100% accelerator-free gloves
Type IV chemical allergies can cause significant occupational disability and are potentially career threatening to HCWs, as happened to Dr. Boes, Great Falls, Montana, USA. Watch his testimonial:
Despite the use of non-latex surgical gloves, Type IV allergies and sensitivities causing skin-related reactions are on the rise. These may be caused by DPG (diphenylguanidine) or other chemical accelerators used in the manufacture of some non-latex gloves. This was the case for a Swedish hospital where 13% of surgical nurses displayed reactions to DPG after moving to non-latex gloves.1,2
YOU HAVE OPTIONS!
1 For advanced protection, use 100% DPG free polyisoprene (PI) gloves
Where PI gloves are preferred, especially for their ‘more-comfortable-than-latex’ feel, insist on Ansell's 100% DPG-Free PI gloves to ensure optimum protection without compromise.
Some gloves containing DPG in their formulation claim to be DPG-Free when their content is below the detectable levels of the testing method. Gloves with DPG, even below detectable levels, may elicit an allergic response. Rest assured, Ansell's non-latex gloves are 100% DPG-free.
2 For total peace of mind, use 100% chemical accelerator-free gloves
Our R&D team have developed a neoprene range that is completely free from chemical accelerators. This, and their trusted strength and durability, make them particularly desired for surgeons who are looking for a glove that will see them safely through even the most demanding surgeries.
Today the Ansell Sensoprene™ triple dip technology allows for neoprene gloves to be 30% thinner while still offering HCWs best in class allergy protection and optimum neoprene strength.