Natural rubber latex is used in many products, from toys to carpets, from erasers to rubber bands. In health care, latex is commonly found in many products including gloves, catheters, bandages, tourniquets and many others. Designed to protect both professional and patient from the spread of infection, latex gloves cause no problems for the vast majority of people who use them. Some people, however, are allergic to natural rubber latex. Healthcare professionals need to learn the facts about this allergy and how best to help assure the health and safety of patients and those who care for them.
Note: The information provided here is for general educational purposes and is not a substitute for specific medical advice by a physician. The information, programs and policies reviewed here are for illustrative purposes only. Each healthcare institution should tailor its policies, guidelines and approach to its unique circumstances, taking into account its facilities, employees and patient population.