Background Natural rubber latex, mainly contained in disposable medical gloves, is an important cause of occupational allergy in health care workers. Management of latex allergy includes education, reduction of cutaneous or mucosal contact with rubber products and minimization of exposure to latex allergens in the work environment. Methods This paper reports a case study dealing with the latex allergy health problem of an operating theatre nurse. The examination was required because of a recent onset rhino-conjunctivitis crisis and asthma during usual working activities. The case was investigated and a solution provided according to the evidence-based medicine (EBM) paradigm using the PICO model. Results The literature search was conducted using Medline and the Cochrane Library. Twenty-one papers were considered to offer appropriate solutions. Two main types of interventions were suggested: (i) changing the work setting, (ii) limiting the work activities. The evidence obtained was discussed with the nurse, who was considered unfit to continue her work in the operating theatre where her colleagues used latex gloves. The resident proposed that she could relocate to a work environment where only non-latex gloves were used and latex medical devices were not present. Conclusion The case study shows that, as for other clinicians, the occupational physician can use the EBM paradigm according to the PICO model as a tool for providing appropriate solutions for the individual worker.
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|Anno di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Titolo:||Practising evidence-based occupational health in individual workers: how to deal with a latex allergy problem in a health care setting|
|Autori:||Monduzzi G; Franco G|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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