Quality of life in health care workers with latex allergy.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/200745
Title:
Quality of life in health care workers with latex allergy.
Authors:
Power, Susan; Gallagher, John; Meaney, Sarah
Affiliation:
Occupational Health Department, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. susanpower32@eircom.net
Citation:
Quality of life in health care workers with latex allergy. 2010, 60 (1):62-5 Occup Med (Lond)
Journal:
Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)
Issue Date:
Jan-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/200745
DOI:
10.1093/occmed/kqp156
PubMed ID:
19901008
Abstract:
Exposure to latex gloves and glove powder makes health care workers (HCWs) particularly susceptible to developing an allergy to latex.; To assess the impact on the quality of life (QOL) of HCWs who are allergic to latex products before removal from latex exposure and after removal from exposure.; We studied 39 latex allergic HCWs from the Health & Safety Executive south area. Twenty-nine attended for an assessment with the occupational physician and were asked to fill out a questionnaire. Spirometry, immunoglobulin E levels and latex radioallergosorbent test levels were measured.; In total, 29/39 (74%) of patients responded. All of the participants had a type 1 allergy to latex. All individuals reported a significant improvement of symptoms once latex was removed from their working environment. Of those that reported skin complaints, 83% reported that their skin no longer had an impact on their QOL once latex was removed. Over 90% (n = 26) of all participants stated that their eye/nose symptoms had no longer an impact on their QOL and 86% (n = 25) of all participants stated that their respiratory symptoms had no impact on their QOL following the removal of latex from their working environment. Overall, 45% of the respondents had changed jobs: 61% of this group changed to a completely nonclinical post.; On average, 86% of latex allergic HCWs reported that their QOL had improved significantly since their removal from latex. In employees who are latex allergic/sensitized, taking latex avoidance measures results in cessation or diminution of symptoms.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
BACKGROUND: Exposure to latex gloves and glove powder makes health care workers (HCWs) particularly susceptible to developing an allergy to latex. AIMS: To assess the impact on the quality of life (QOL) of HCWs who are allergic to latex products before removal from latex exposure and after removal from exposure. METHODS: We studied 39 latex allergic HCWs from the Health & Safety Executive south area. Twenty-nine attended for an assessment with the occupational physician and were asked to fill out a questionnaire. Spirometry, immunoglobulin E levels and latex radioallergosorbent test levels were measured. RESULTS: In total, 29/39 (74%) of patients responded. All of the participants had a type 1 allergy to latex. All individuals reported a significant improvement of symptoms once latex was removed from their working environment. Of those that reported skin complaints, 83% reported that their skin no longer had an impact on their QOL once latex was removed. Over 90% (n = 26) of all participants stated that their eye/nose symptoms had no longer an impact on their QOL and 86% (n = 25) of all participants stated that their respiratory symptoms had no impact on their QOL following the removal of latex from their working environment. Overall, 45% of the respondents had changed jobs: 61% of this group changed to a completely nonclinical post. CONCLUSIONS: On average, 86% of latex allergic HCWs reported that their QOL had improved significantly since their removal from latex. In employees who are latex allergic/sensitized, taking latex avoidance measures results in cessation or diminution of symptoms.
MeSH:
Forced Expiratory Volume; Health Personnel; Humans; Immunoglobulin E; Latex Hypersensitivity; Occupational Exposure; Quality of Life; Questionnaires
ISSN:
1471-8405

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dc.contributor.authorPower, Susanen
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, Johnen
dc.contributor.authorMeaney, Sarahen
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-06T15:49:44Z-
dc.date.available2012-01-06T15:49:44Z-
dc.date.issued2010-01-
dc.identifier.citationQuality of life in health care workers with latex allergy. 2010, 60 (1):62-5 Occup Med (Lond)en
dc.identifier.issn1471-8405-
dc.identifier.pmid19901008-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/occmed/kqp156-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/200745-
dc.descriptionBACKGROUND: Exposure to latex gloves and glove powder makes health care workers (HCWs) particularly susceptible to developing an allergy to latex. AIMS: To assess the impact on the quality of life (QOL) of HCWs who are allergic to latex products before removal from latex exposure and after removal from exposure. METHODS: We studied 39 latex allergic HCWs from the Health & Safety Executive south area. Twenty-nine attended for an assessment with the occupational physician and were asked to fill out a questionnaire. Spirometry, immunoglobulin E levels and latex radioallergosorbent test levels were measured. RESULTS: In total, 29/39 (74%) of patients responded. All of the participants had a type 1 allergy to latex. All individuals reported a significant improvement of symptoms once latex was removed from their working environment. Of those that reported skin complaints, 83% reported that their skin no longer had an impact on their QOL once latex was removed. Over 90% (n = 26) of all participants stated that their eye/nose symptoms had no longer an impact on their QOL and 86% (n = 25) of all participants stated that their respiratory symptoms had no impact on their QOL following the removal of latex from their working environment. Overall, 45% of the respondents had changed jobs: 61% of this group changed to a completely nonclinical post. CONCLUSIONS: On average, 86% of latex allergic HCWs reported that their QOL had improved significantly since their removal from latex. In employees who are latex allergic/sensitized, taking latex avoidance measures results in cessation or diminution of symptoms.en
dc.description.abstractExposure to latex gloves and glove powder makes health care workers (HCWs) particularly susceptible to developing an allergy to latex.-
dc.description.abstractTo assess the impact on the quality of life (QOL) of HCWs who are allergic to latex products before removal from latex exposure and after removal from exposure.-
dc.description.abstractWe studied 39 latex allergic HCWs from the Health & Safety Executive south area. Twenty-nine attended for an assessment with the occupational physician and were asked to fill out a questionnaire. Spirometry, immunoglobulin E levels and latex radioallergosorbent test levels were measured.-
dc.description.abstractIn total, 29/39 (74%) of patients responded. All of the participants had a type 1 allergy to latex. All individuals reported a significant improvement of symptoms once latex was removed from their working environment. Of those that reported skin complaints, 83% reported that their skin no longer had an impact on their QOL once latex was removed. Over 90% (n = 26) of all participants stated that their eye/nose symptoms had no longer an impact on their QOL and 86% (n = 25) of all participants stated that their respiratory symptoms had no impact on their QOL following the removal of latex from their working environment. Overall, 45% of the respondents had changed jobs: 61% of this group changed to a completely nonclinical post.-
dc.description.abstractOn average, 86% of latex allergic HCWs reported that their QOL had improved significantly since their removal from latex. In employees who are latex allergic/sensitized, taking latex avoidance measures results in cessation or diminution of symptoms.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshForced Expiratory Volume-
dc.subject.meshHealth Personnel-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshImmunoglobulin E-
dc.subject.meshLatex Hypersensitivity-
dc.subject.meshOccupational Exposure-
dc.subject.meshQuality of Life-
dc.subject.meshQuestionnaires-
dc.titleQuality of life in health care workers with latex allergy.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentOccupational Health Department, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. susanpower32@eircom.neten
dc.identifier.journalOccupational medicine (Oxford, England)en
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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