|Title||Follow-up study of dental workers with removal of latex exposure|
|CREOD Investigators||Joan Saary, A Khanani, Susan Tarlo, Linn Holness|
|CREOD Research Program||Occupational Skin Disease|
|Product Type||Student project|
|Background||In the 1990’s a high rate of latex allergy was found in dental workers. One of the possible reasons was the use of powdered latex gloves. A change to non-powdered gloves was introduced in a dental school as a prevention strategy.|
|Study Focus (Research Question/Goals/
|The objective of the study was to determine if the change to non-powered latex gloves led to a decrease in latex sensitivity in dental school staff and students.
A survey was conducted including a questionnaire and skin prick testing to natural rubber latex extract. And results compared to a similar survey conducted when powdered latex gloves were in use.
|Implications for Health/Labour Policy and Practice||The use of non-powdered latex gloves may lead to a decrease in latex sensitization in health care workers.|